According to a US study that looked at over 1,000 patients, drug and alcohol abuse has been tied to earlier than the average strokes. Meaning that people who were under 55 at the time of the study and who had experienced on or more strokes were more likely to have abused drugs and alcohol for a long period of time.
Obviously this is cause for concern. Strokes are no fun for any of the people involved. Prolonged drug abuse not only reduces a person’s life to shambles, but now there is evidence it can drastically reduce a person's quality of life in sudden and horrific ways. Beyond all the other possible ways a person can die from drug and alcohol abuse.
What Is A Stroke?
A stroke is when blood stops flowing to another part of your brain. It is usually caused by a clot, but sometimes it is caused by burst vessels due to high blood pressure along with weakened vessels and perhaps clogged arteries. It is very damaging to a person's health. Almost half of the people who actually survive a stroke are unable to live on their own after the stroke. Everyone who suffers from a stroke experiences many cognitive problems such as memory loss and confusion.
There are few if any cases where a person had a stroke and was back to 100%. A stroke heavily impacts the life of whoever it happens to. Strokes are very bad. When a person has a stroke, assuming they survive, they will now have to undergo possibly years of physical and mental therapy to even be able to move around by themselves. A stroke can completely change a person from a vibrant, sharp-witted, grown adult person into a person who has the intellect of a 5 year old.
The Role Of Drug Abuse In Strokes
One of the greatest and also most treatable risk factors for stroke is blood pressure. If your blood pressure is in the recommended range, you are much less likely to have a stroke. Being much less likely to have a stroke is a good thing. There are so many ways to reduce blood pressure and it is so simple to find out what it is. Go into any pharmacy, they have those machines that will take your blood pressure for you.
No matter what you do, if you abuse drugs for a long period of time, you are much more likely to have high blood pressure. This reason alone should deter a person from prolonged abuse of drugs. Especially if that person has seen a stroke survivor. It is not usually an uplifting experience. Drugs hurt a person's body. They cause irreparable damage if taken over a prolonged period of time. They increase the chances a person will get a stroke.
A person should keep an eye on their blood pressure. If he or she sees one of those blood pressure machines in the pharmacy, they should sit down, stick their arm in and find out what their blood pressure is looking like. They should do this every time. Why not? A person should also go in for regular checkups with their doctor. They will check blood pressure each time because they know it's important.
The damage a stroke causes can be drastically reduced provided the person gets to an ambulance or hospital within 3-4 hours after the first symptom shows itself. A person should ask their doctor about their own risk factors and symptoms to look out for so they can rapidly identify a stroke happening with themselves or a loved one.
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