Snoring causes a stroke. Facts and myths about stroke.

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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.

By Yraa

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