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What Is A Stroke?

What Is A Stroke?

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Stroke does not discriminate. It can affect anyone, at any age and at any time of the day. Also known as a brain attack, a stroke can cause physical disabilities and even death.


Simply imagine yourself going about your daily routine and suddenly, you find yourself having difficulties lifting one side of your arm. You try to call for help but you are not able to move your mouth – inevitably these may be some of the symptoms of a stroke. Stroke is a medical emergency. Hence, it is important to be aware and understand this condition as getting immediate could save a life.


Stroke In A Nutshell


Stroke occurs when the blood supply to your brain is interrupted or severely reduced. Hence, affecting the oxygen supply to your brain. With the lack of oxygen, your brain cells can begin to die within minutes.


If a person is experiencing a stroke, receiving immediate medical attention is vital as it could minimise brain damage and possible complications associated with the condition.


Knowing the symptoms of stroke is important as your knowledge could be a life saver. Simply remember the words FAST which stands for Face-Arms-Speech-Time.

  • Face – The person’s face may drop on one side and/or may not have the ability to smile.
  • Arms – The person may not be able to lift one or both arms and experience weakness as well as numbness in the arms.
  • Speech – The person’s speech may be slurred or may not be able to talk despite being conscious.
  • Time – Time is of the essence and immediate medical attention is needed. Call your respective emergency lines, usually 999 (landline) or 122 (mobile phone) for help immediately.


Stroke can affect anyone but there are also some factors which puts you at a higher risk of it. These factors include being overweight, obese, a sedentary lifestyle, heavy drinking, diabetes, high cholesterol, cardiovascular diseases and being 55 or older.

Keng Yau Chan

Keng Yau is a Malaysian-based editor & writer for YesMyWellness.com. Fitness as a career wasn't always in his first choice and in fact, he was quite an obese lad before! However, after a major health scare, Keng Yau has decided to pursue a healthy lifestyle and solidify his commitment by completing Associate Degree of Applied Fitness from Australian College of Physical Education and is also an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor. He has worked for major fitness centres and often volunteers in public and community health initiatives.

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