Stroke – Margaret Thatcher dies aged 87

Margaret Thatcher (*13 October 1925 – ✞08 April 2013) dies of stroke aged 87.

Britain’s greatest post-war prime minister, Baroness Thatcher, has died at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke, her family has announced today.

U.S Presidents who suffered a stroke are Gerald Ford, Thomas Jefferson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Ford’s predecessor, Richard Nixon.

Stroke kills almost 130,000 people a year in the United States. It is a leading cause of death.

Over 800,000 people die in the U.S. each year from cardiovascular disease and strokes.

Stroke is also a leading cause of serious long-term disability. (source of quotation CDC)

In England, strokes are a major health problem. Every year over 150,000 people have a stroke and it is the third largest cause of death, after heart disease and cancer. The brain damage caused by strokes means that they are the largest cause of adult disability in the UK. (source of quotation NHS)

According to the CDC, a stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. In either case, parts of the brain become damaged or die.

There are two types of stroke. An ischemic stroke occurs when blood clots or other particles block the blood vessels to the brain. Fatty deposits called plaque can also cause blockages by building up in the blood vessels.

The second type, haemorrhagic stroke, occurs when a blood vessel bursts in the brain.

Blood accumulates and compresses the surrounding brain tissue.

Major signs of stroke include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg.
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding others.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, or loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

If you think you or someone else is having a stroke,

call 9-1-1 in the US, immediately.

In the UK call 9-9-9 or 1-1-2 and ask for an ambulance.

The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered with the word FAST: Face-Arms-Speech-Time.

You need to act fast because getting fast medical treatment lowers your risk of disability or even death. That’s why it’s important to recognize the symptoms—and to get help right away.

Several conditions and certain lifestyle choices can put people at higher risk for stroke. The most important risk factors are:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Prior stroke

Everyone can take steps to lower the risk for stroke.

To reduce the risk for stroke;

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Be physically active.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Prevent or treat high cholesterol.
  • Prevent or treat high blood pressure.
  • Prevent or treat diabetes.

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