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Information about strokes

Stroke

In a stroke, a blocked cerebral artery causes the brain tissue to be deprived of blood and oxygen. As a result, some of the brain tissue becomes necrotic, and a stroke occurs.

A significant share of strokes are caused by atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots.

During atrial fibrillation, the heart beats irregularly instead of beating effectively to move blood into the ventricles. If a clot breaks off, enters the bloodstream and lodges in an artery leading to the brain, a stroke results.

Every sixth person is affected

People in Finland each year

%

Caused by atrial fibrillation 

%

Are under 65 years old 

The average age of people getting a stroke 

51% are men

Stroke symptoms

Face drooping

Speech difficulty

Blurred vision

Lack of balance

Limb weakness

Immediately call 112,

If you or someone with you exhibit any of the signs of a stroke

Consequenses of a stroke

Will go back to normal life

Will become disabled

Will die

Every sixth person will suffer from a stroke before the age of 75, of them about 20% is still in the working age. The consequences of a stroke are always very grave. A stroke is also always a big tragedy and cause of concern for everyone involved. By detecting and treating arrhythmia, such as atrial fibrillation, before severe complications occur, 2/3 of strokes could be prevented.

The best way to prevent a stroke is to minimize the risk factors

Know your heart rhythm

Pay attention to your blood pressure

Exercise regularly

Take control of your cholesterol

Quit smoking