3 Signs of a Stroke and How to Avoid One

A stroke patient having rehab.
You can prevent a stroke by watching for these 3 signs. (Image: Katie Nesling via Dreamstime)

After middle age, many diseases may occur with the decline of bodily functions. Among them, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases are severe. For example, a stroke is very dangerous as it will not only cause significant harm to the body, but it may also cause disability and even death.

Are there any signs of an impending stroke? Is a sudden episode challenging to guard against? There are clues before an episode, but many people do not know them making them easy to ignore.

Three vital signs that indicate a stroke

1. A headache at night

The blood vessels in the head provide oxygen and energy to the brain. Even though the body’s oxygen consumption will be slightly lower than during the day when sleeping, it still needs oxygen. Therefore, if you sleep well but feel a severe headache or wake up with head pain, there is likely a problem with the blood vessels in your head, and the brain can experience ischemia or hypoxia. If these conditions worsen, it may signify a future stroke.

Waking with a headache can be a sign of an impending stroke. (Image: Prostockstudio via Dreamstime)

2. Hand numbness, finger tingling

Numbness in the hands and tingling in the fingers are also early signs of a possible upcoming stroke. This is due to a problem in the innervation of the brain caused by cerebral infarction. However, many diseases cause hand numbness and pain, such as rheumatism, frozen shoulder, cervical spondylosis, blood viscosity, diabetes, etc., so the best thing to do is check with your doctor if this symptom occurs.

3. Physical fatigue and frequent yawning

Even after getting a good night’s sleep the night before, some of us lack energy. They feel physically exhausted and yawn very often, especially after eating. Their eyes appear to be dry, and they are very sleepy. People often think they are too tired, but they don’t know that it may signal a possible future stroke.

Being tired after a good sleep signals a possible future stroke. (Image: Mustsansar Syed via Dreamstime)

To prevent a stroke, do not do these five things

1. Don’t smoke

Studies have pointed out that smoking increases the incidence of stroke because cigarettes contain carcinogens such as nicotine, tar, and benzopyrene, which can easily lead to atherosclerosis and induce thrombosis. Therefore, people who smoke for a long time are more prone to suffer from cerebral infarction.

2. Don’t get angry

Many patients who suffer from a stroke often have anger and emotional agitation before the onset of cerebral infarction. The older a person is, the calmer they should be. People need to learn to control their temper rationally and not let situations get the better of them. Otherwise, the risk of a stroke will increase.

3. Don’t eat greasy food

Many people are used to eating supper before going to bed, which can include various fried foods. Overeating these fatty foods will not only increase blood lipids, but this may also induce a stroke.

4. Don’t drink alcohol

Many people like to drink alcohol before bed, thinking that a bit of alcohol will help them sleep better. They don’t realize that it can quickly induce high blood pressure and increase the risk of cerebral infarction.

Drinking alcohol before bed increases the risk of a stroke. (Image: Wisconsinart via Dreamstime)

5. Don’t stay up too late

Staying up late is a common habit of people these days. To better prevent a stroke, you must work and rest on time and ensure adequate sleep. Constantly staying up late can quickly induce high blood pressure, the leading cause of cerebral infarction.

Translated by Patty Zhang

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  • David Jirard

    David was born in the Midwestern section of the U.S. during the turbulent sixties. At an early age he took an interest in music and during high school and college played lead guitar for various local bands. After graduating with a B.A. in Psychology, he left the local music scene to work on a road crew installing fiber optic cable on telephone poles in various cities. After having to climb up a rotted pole surrounded by fencing, he turned to the world of I.T. where he now shares laughter with his wife and tends to his beehives in between writing articles on Chinese culture and social issues.

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