Saturday, June 30, 2012

Introduction to Strokes

The definition of stroke by both western doctors and Chinese physicians are similar, which includes haemorrhagic cerebrovascular disease and ischemic cerebrovascular disease. Haemorrhagic cerebrovascular disease is mainly characterized by hypertensive cerebral thrombosis, cerebral embolism, and transient ischemic attacks and so on. Strokes are known for their high incidence rate, high morbidity, high recurrence rate and high mortality rate. Strokes can also lead to numerous complications and it's a disease that causes serious harm to public health.
Although 90% of strokes occur among people above 40 years old, young people can also suffer from a stroke. There are common cases of children suffering a stroke. People who have hypertension, high cholesterol, obese and suffer from cervical spondylitis and various types of heart disease are prone to have stroke. In addition, those with high blood viscosity, addicted to smoking, alcohol, indulge in fatty and salty food, lack of exercise and fiery temper would definitely prone to stroke disease.
Most young people do not pay attention to their health. They are so engrossed and stressed at work that they often do not have enough sleep. They sit for long hours in front of the computer, seldom exercise and have an unbalanced diet. These undesirable lifestyle habits can lead to hypertension, high cholesterol and high blood sugar. This is also the reason why younger people are suffering from stroke.
Stroke can divide into indications of stroke, meridian and collaterals and internal organs. Indications of stroke are dizziness, vomiting, headache, numbness or weakness of lower body and even sudden loss of consciousness.
As the occurrence of Stroke is due to many causes and the pathogenic condition may be quite complex, the treatment of Stroke has to adopt an integrated approach, including the combination of treatment with Chinese and Western medicine, acupuncture, massage, physiotherapy, psychological treatment and training of the body's passive and active functions.
The combination of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine treatment for stroke has significant effect. So long as the stroke patient maintains a stable physiological state, conventional treatment will not pose any danger and is reliable. The sooner one goes for a traditional Chinese medicine treatment, the better the effect. For instance, if the patient receives acupuncture treatment early, it will help to smoothen blood flow, restore blood supply to the brain, reduces damage to the brain tissue caused by ischemic necrosis, thereby improving the patient's quality of life and treatment results.
In order to prevent stroke, keep high blood pressure under control; adhere to the long term medication and maintain long term observation of blood pressure changes. Control and reduce transient cerebral ischemic attack, also known as minor stroke or a sign of an impending stroke is an important aspect of stroke prevention. Once there are signs of a minor stroke, pay close attention to administer immediate systemic therapy, for it is possible to prevent the onset of the complete stroke. If possible, eliminate the factors that lead to stroke, such as mood swings, over fatigue and so on.

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