Everything you need to know about stroke

By Physician Shan YanDi




Stroke is a major cause of death and disability in many countries. It was reported that, in 2013, globally, there were nearly 25.7 million stroke survivors, 6.5 million deaths due to stroke, 113 million disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) lost because of stroke, and 10.3 million new cases of strokes.


Physician Shan working in the Singapore general hospital more than nine years and she has seen many stroke patients in the hospital, but although these patients are able to retain their lives, the quality of life has been seriously degraded.


Before the stroke, you can do anything by yourself. After the stroke, even a basic meal, wearing clothes and going to toilet need someone help.


A stroke is a medical condition in which poor blood flow to the brain results in cell death.


Symptoms

Pay attention for all these signs and symptoms if you think you or someone else may be having a stroke because the length of time they have been present can affect your treatment options:


The trouble with speaking and understanding

You may experience confusion or have difficulty understanding speech.


Paralysis or numbness of the face, arm or leg.

You may develop sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis in your face, arm or leg.


This often happens just on one side of your body.

Try to raise both your arms over your head at the same time. If one arm begins to fall, you may be having a stroke. Also, one side of your mouth may droop when you try to smile.


Trouble with seeing in one or both eyes.

You may suddenly have blurred or blackened vision in one or both eyes, or you may see double.


Headache

A sudden, severe headache, which may be accompanied by vomiting, dizziness or altered consciousness, may indicate you're having a stroke.


Causes:

There are two main types of stroke:

1. Ischemic Stroke, 缺血性中风

due to lack of blood flow



2. Hemorrhagic Stroke, 出血性中风

due to bleeding



Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) plays a very important role in the treatment of stroke sequelae, and also significantly accelerate the recovery time and significantly improve the potential of rehabilitation.


How TCM help?

Acupuncture:

Traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture is recognized a