Every year, 1 out of 300 Rus­sians die from a stroke. And, unfor­tu­nate­ly, there are many rea­sons for the devel­op­ment of a stroke, even snor­ing is one of them. Snor­ing dis­rupts the sup­ply of oxy­gen to the brain and increas­es the risk of cir­cu­la­to­ry dis­or­ders — a stroke.

We have col­lect­ed pop­u­lar myths and facts about the stroke of fate, called Stroke.

Terminology test

Most of us have watched the pop­u­lar series about the genius doc­tor-diag­nos­ti­cian House Doc­tor, let’s check what ter­mi­nol­o­gy remains in our mem­o­ry:

Arte­r­i­al hyper­ten­sion is a con­di­tion in which blood pres­sure of 140/90 mmHg and above is observed in a patient at least three times. One of the most com­mon caus­es of brain dis­eases.

A hyper­ten­sive cri­sis is an exces­sive increase in blood pres­sure, which requires imme­di­ate med­ical inter­ven­tion to reduce it.

Stroke is obso­lete. apoplexy, kon­drash­ka, or apoplexy is an acute vio­la­tion of cere­bral cir­cu­la­tion, which leads to the death of brain tis­sue. The cause may be a nar­row­ing, block­age or rup­ture of blood ves­sels.

Hem­or­rhag­ic stroke — a hem­or­rhage in the brain — occurs due to rup­ture of a cere­bral artery.

Ischemic stroke — a heart attack — occurs most often due to a blood clot or detached ath­er­o­scle­rot­ic plaque, which clos­es the pas­sage of blood through the ves­sel.

Ischemia — when arte­r­i­al blood flow is inter­rupt­ed, the result may be a heart attack of the cor­re­spond­ing organ.

Sub­arach­noid hem­or­rhage — bleed­ing in the arach­noid meninges, usu­al­ly occurs when an arte­r­i­al aneurysm rup­tures, or as a result of a trau­mat­ic brain injury.

Myths and facts about stroke

Stroke cannot be prevented

It is a myth. In Europe, the USA and Cana­da, stroke mor­tal­i­ty has decreased by 4 times due to the con­trol of pres­sure and fash­ion for a healthy lifestyle.

How to con­trol pres­sure? Ele­men­tary! With the help of an afford­able and inex­pen­sive device — a tonome­ter. Choose the one that you real­ly will use: with a cuff on the shoul­der (for exam­ple B.Well MED-55) or light, com­pact on the wrist (Swiss B.Well MED-57)

Stroke cannot be prevented

Stroke cannot be treated

Stroke can and should be treat­ed. The effec­tive­ness of treat­ment depends direct­ly on how quick­ly the patient is tak­en to the hos­pi­tal and the degree of dam­age is deter­mined.

If you or your loved ones expe­ri­ence a sharp headache dur­ing stress, phys­i­cal activ­i­ty or dur­ing sex­u­al inter­course, the face turns red, sweat comes out, the heart­beat increas­es sig­nif­i­cant­ly, nau­sea occurs — do not think, call an ambu­lance.

IMPORTANT: A stroke is not sud­den, the body warns a per­son that some­thing is wrong. Reg­u­lar mon­i­tor­ing of blood pres­sure with B.Well blood pres­sure mon­i­tors reduces the like­li­hood of a sud­den dete­ri­o­ra­tion in well-being.

A stroke is about those “who are over …”

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, no, stroke has no age or gen­der, and sub­arach­noid hem­or­rhage (see “Ter­mi­nol­o­gy Test”), hap­pens most often in young peo­ple after a sharp increase in blood pres­sure.

But even at a young age, every­thing is not so sim­ple. The body sig­nals a pos­si­ble wors­en­ing of the sit­u­a­tion with a headache, pres­sure surges. It’s bad if you don’t have a tonome­ter at hand to under­stand what the prob­lem is. Attacks do not last long, 10–15 min­utes and seem to pass with­out a trace.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, these attacks can por­tend a high risk of stroke. Time­ly treat­ment will help to avoid big trou­bles.

B.Well MED-57 wrist tonome­ter is a new gen­er­a­tion device, a mini-car­di­o­lab­o­ra­to­ry capa­ble of assess­ing your blood pres­sure with an accu­ra­cy of 3 mm Hg. Such a device can always be at hand, because it weighs no more than 100 g and comes with a neat plas­tic case.

  • Intel­lect Active tech­nol­o­gy pro­vides fast and gen­tle mea­sure­ment. The tonome­ter takes mea­sure­ments at the stage of air injec­tion into the cuff, adjusts to each user, deter­min­ing the indi­vid­ual lev­el of cuff infla­tion. The Intel­lect Active algo­rithm allows you to mea­sure not only accu­rate­ly and quick­ly, but as com­fort­ably as pos­si­ble.
  • Illu­mi­nat­ed dis­play for easy mea­sure­ment in any light
  • Com­plete pres­sure con­trol: mem­o­ry for 30 mea­sure­ments with date and time
  • Aver­age of three mea­sure­ments. Accord­ing to the rec­om­men­da­tions of doc­tors: the func­tion of cal­cu­lat­ing the aver­age val­ue of three mea­sure­ments
  • The col­or scale of the pres­sure lev­el will tell you the lev­el of the mea­sured pres­sure accord­ing to the clas­si­fi­ca­tion of the Euro­pean Soci­ety of Hyper­ten­sion (ESH)
  • Arrhyth­mia indi­ca­tor allows you to detect heart rhythm dis­or­ders at an ear­ly stage
  • Con­ve­nient stor­age case includ­ed
  • Low bat­tery indi­ca­tor
  • Auto­mat­ic shut­down

Stroke cannot be treated

Headache cannot cause a stroke

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, maybe. Chron­ic hyper­ten­sion increas­es the pos­si­bil­i­ty of a stroke by 40%, it wears out and deforms the thin del­i­cate wall of cere­bral ves­sels. If it becomes sig­nif­i­cant­ly thin­ner, then at some point a rup­ture occurs, if it thick­ens too much, it there­by reduces the lumen of the ves­sel.

“Female” disease hypertension

Headaches due to high blood pres­sure affect both men and women. The only dif­fer­ence is that women care­ful­ly mon­i­tor their con­di­tion (mea­sure pres­sure) and, unlike men, learn about the dis­ease. As a result, they con­trol blood pres­sure, under­go treat­ment and live longer.

Snoring can lead to a stroke

Yes it is. Snor­ing reduces the flow of oxy­gen to the brain, increas­ing the risk of cere­brovas­cu­lar acci­dent. This is evi­denced by numer­ous stud­ies in this area.

Smoking is injurious to health

Yes, smok­ing dou­bles the risk of stroke.

Smok­ing increas­es blood vis­cos­i­ty and clot­ting, smok­ing can cause high blood pres­sure, reg­u­lar and long-term smok­ing accel­er­ates the devel­op­ment of plaques in the carotid arter­ies.

All this has a direct rela­tion­ship with cere­bral cir­cu­la­tion, and as a result, the risk of stroke in smok­ers is high­er than in non-smok­ers.

Even a short-term smok­ing ces­sa­tion has a pos­i­tive effect on over­all well-being, and a five-year absti­nence reduces the risk of stroke to the lev­el of a per­son who has nev­er smoked.

Short-term and long-term ben­e­fits of quit­ting smok­ing*

Time since quit­ting smok­ing

Ben­e­fit for health

20 min­utes

Nor­mal­izes blood pres­sure and heart rate

2–12 weeks

Improves the func­tion­ing of the car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem, which makes it eas­i­er to walk and run

1–9 months

Cough, short­ness of breath and breath­ing prob­lems are reduced, lung func­tion is increased by 10%

5 years

The risk of stroke is reduced to the lev­el of a nev­er smok­er

10 years

The risk of lung can­cer is reduced by 35–50%

*Accord­ing to the Russ­ian Soci­ety of Car­di­ol­o­gy, the Nation­al Soci­ety of Pre­ven­tive Car­di­ol­o­gy, the Russ­ian Soci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases 2017

Alcohol causes stroke

No, this is not con­firmed infor­ma­tion. Of course, we are not talk­ing about drunk­en­ness, but in mod­er­ate dos­es, alco­hol can even help reduce the risk of stroke, because it thins the blood and increas­es the lev­el of “cor­rect” cho­les­terol in the blood.

Fat people are more likely to have a stroke

Yes it is. The dis­tri­b­u­tion of adi­pose tis­sue in the body affects the risk of stroke. Excess vis­cer­al fat (obe­si­ty in the abdomen) increas­es the risk of death from a stroke, as it dis­rupts fat and car­bo­hy­drate metab­o­lism in the body.

Stroke can be predicted by the eyes

It’s strange, but it’s true. The struc­ture of the blood ves­sels near the eyes is sim­i­lar to the struc­ture of the ves­sels of the brain. By changes or dam­age to the reti­na, a spe­cial­ist can diag­nose the pos­si­bil­i­ty of a stroke with a 70 per­cent prob­a­bil­i­ty.

A phone and a fitness bracelet will not replace a blood pressure monitor

Mea­sure­ment of pres­sure can­not be car­ried out using a fin­ger­print, a fin­ger lean­ing against a phone flash­light, or using a fit­ness bracelet. In order to take accu­rate pres­sure read­ings, you need to have a tonome­ter.

The tonome­ter on the wrist from the Swiss brand B.Well MED-57 has the shape of a large bracelet, while its weight is 100 g. Attach­es to the arm with a Vel­cro cuff. Suit­able for men with a wide wrist and for girls of a frag­ile physique. The mea­sure­ment process takes less than a minute.

All B.Well blood pres­sure mon­i­tors are devel­oped in Switzer­land, have passed the EU cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and are approved by the Russ­ian Soci­ety of Car­di­ol­o­gy.

Choos­ing B.Well blood pres­sure mon­i­tors for dai­ly use and mon­i­tor­ing your health and the health of your loved ones, you can be sure that you are choos­ing the best.


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