Thursday, 26 November 2015

How Blood Pressure Causes Stroke

Stroke is a leading cause of death and severe, long-term disability. Since managing high blood pressure, also called high blood pressure or hypertension, is the most important thing you can do to lessen your risk of stroke, treatment for high blood pressure can your save life. 

What is a stroke?

Stroke is a disease that affects the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain is either blocked by a clot (ischemic stroke) or bursts (hemorrhagic stroke). When that happens, part of the brain is no longer getting the blood and oxygen it needs, so it starts to die. Your brain controls your movement and thoughts, so a stroke doesn't only hurt your brain. It also hurts the brain's ability to think and control body functions. Strokes can affect language, memory and vision as well as cause paralysis and other health issues.