Praise the lord Saints of God. There was a series that began on wellness speaking on the heart. The first one talked about heart attacks and this one will be on the topic stroke. A stroke happens when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked until it burst. Without blood and oxygen that it carries to that part of the brain, it will begin to die. Part of the body that is controlled by the damaged area of your brain will not function properly. brain damage begins within minutes of a stroke.

Treatments for a stroke must be done as quickly as possible to ensure a full recovery. Here are some symptoms we need to be aware of:

  • Numbness that can happen suddenly
  • Weakness or the loss of movement in the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)
  • Change in your vision
  • Trouble with your speech
  • Confusion or trouble understanding simple things
  • Having trouble walking or keeping your balance
  • A severe headache that is different from what you have had in the past

These symptoms can happen suddenly and without warning. There are times when these symptoms are happening Saints of God, we choose to ignore them or not take them seriously. Saints of God, it is important that if this is happening to you, do not brush it off, make light of the situation, or make other excuses. See your doctor as soon as possible because your life may depend on it. Even if the symptoms go away you should still go see your doctor, you are experiencing warning signs.

There are two types of stroke:

  • Ischemic – Stroke that happens when a blood clot blocks a vessel in the brain. This blood clot can come from another part of the body or form in the blood vessel. This is the most common stroke in adults.
  • Hemorrhagic – This happens when arteries in the brain leak or burst. This causes bleeding in the brain or near the surface. This type is more deadly than the first one.

If a stroke is diagnosed quickly right after symptoms start, doctors may be able to give you medication that will help you recover better than if you wait. In order to treat you for a stroke, the doctor must find out which of the two strokes you may have experienced. This is done by doing at CT scan of the brain which will show if there is any bleeding. If there is bleeding there may be other tests to find the location of the bleeding or clot. Doctors will check for the amount of brain damage and also check to make sure that this is not another illness that can have the same symptoms as a stroke.

Here is a list of medications given after you have experienced a stroke:

  • Baclofen, also called Lioresal
  • Tizandine Hydrochloride, also called Zana Flex
  • Valium
  • Dantrolene Sodium, also called Dantrium

With all medications, depending on the severity of your condition, ask questions to better understand what your doctor has prescribed. read everything and ask about side effects. It’s always a blessing to be well informed. God gave us a heart for a reason and it is up to us to take care of it. We are to be good stewards when taking care of this area in our temple. Here are some scriptures to encourage and to help: Psalms 28:7, Psalms 73:26, Proverbs 4:23, Proverbs 17:22

Be blessed