Men’s Health Week: We need to talk about that one common stroke which befalls men

For those who don’t follow health and hygiene, we doubt you would be aware of the significance of this week. It’s Men’s Health Week around the globe. Since the theme is for men to talk about their health, we decided to emphasise on a topic that may seem like a common occurrence for men in their 50’s but it is much pertinent to speak for men in their 20’s and 30s too.

It doesn’t matter whether you are 20 or 50, a stroke can happen to men of any age. There has been a consistent increase in the number of strokes men have been facing in the recent times. In fact, the latest report stated that about 20 per cent of stroke patients in Hyderabad are under the 35-age bracket. Overall, there has been nearly 42 per cent rise in ischemic stroke for men between the age of 35 to 44. Research also states that ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke among men, especially young adults.

Ischemic Stroke:

Known to be one of the most frequented strokes, ischemic stroke basically occurs when the artery that supplies blood to the brain is blocked due to a blood clot or fatty buildup, also known as plaque. The blockage usually takes place in the heart and navigates through the circulatory system. When this clot reaches the brain, it hinders the blow flow and oxygen, which culminates in a stroke.

Symptoms to keep in check:

  • Blurry vision or borderline blindness.
  • Weakness or passivity in the limbs which might occur on either sides or both, depending on the artery that has been affected.
  • Vertigo and dizziness.  
  • Ambiguity.
  • Inability to coordinate your body.
  • Drooping of the face and one side of the body.

Men need to keep these symptoms in check and ensure to get treated immediately as stalling it would only aggravate the situation. Strokes follow a pattern that is held responsible for its occurrence. While many regard family history to be the reason behind the kin getting a stroke, there are various other factors that lead to an ischemic stroke.

Factors that lead to an ischemic stroke:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Congenital heart disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Weight problems; obesity
  • Use of certain drugs such as meth, cocaine, etc.

There are other types of strokes that are basically a stepping stone to conclude into a heart attack. Ischemic and transient ischemic strokes are two such illness that won’t take your life but seem to be warning signals for the person that the body is suffering because of his habits.

Transient ischemic stroke:

A transient ischemic stroke is nothing but a mini-stroke. Unlike a legit stroke where the blockage takes necessary medications to resolve, a transient ischemic stroke treats on its own as the clot dissolves within minutes of the stroke’s occurrence. However, failure to keep track of symptoms of a mini-stroke could later lead to bigger consequences in the body. Young men disregard the warnings given by their body and end up on the hospital bed with far worse repercussions.

The prime reason for people to promote good health and fitness is to reduce the chances of stroke caused by the toxic lifestyles. Long working hours, lack of food intake at the right intervals, no time for exercises, mental stress, smoking et cetera distort a person’s health. Young adults and men in their 30’s and 40’s, with a lifestyle that excludes exercise but invites toxic habits often, lead to major health hazards. Perhaps it is time to wake up and smell the coffee!