A stroke is a condition in which blood flow to the brain is blocked or impeded. When this occurs, brain cells are deprived of much-needed oxygen. When a stroke occurs, immediate medical attention is of the utmost importance. The American Heart Association uses the acronym F.A.S.T. to help individuals recognize the signs of a stroke. F.A.S.T. stands for Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties, Time to call 911. Some risk factors for stroke are beyond your control. Methods of decreasing your risk of stroke include keeping to a healthy weight, consuming nutritious foods, and keeping up with physical exercise.
1. Dizziness or Vertigo
Age-affiliated changes in your inner ear can cause you to feel dizzy or lose your balance. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is dizziness caused by a buildup of calcium deposits in your inner ear. These deposits impair your sense of balance by interfering with signals between your inner ear and your brain. A second disorder, Meniere’s disease, is a condition in which excess fluid builds up in the inner ear. This fluid creates pressure on the nerves that affect your balance. If you suffer from vertigo, your doctor may prescribe medications or head movements that will help to relieve these symptoms.