A stroke - and I hadn't turned 30!

By Kirstin Buick
08 November 2013

Any one is at risk for having a stroke! Certain factors that we cannot change can increase the risk for a stroke.

7de Laan actress Salamina Mosese had a stroke before her 30th birthday. It was followed by a severe case of bacterial cellulitis – two life threatening illnesses a mere seven months apart from one another. Here's everything you need to know about these illnesses:  Stroke – Know the signs

Any one is at risk for having a stroke! Certain factors that we cannot change can increase the risk for a stroke:

  • Having a family history of stroke or heart disease
  •  Being an older age

People living with certain conditions or who lead an unhealthy lifestyle are more prone to developing a stroke. These include:

  • Hypertension/high blood pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Having too much alcohol
  • Smokers
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Physical inactivity
  • Eating an unhealthy diet
There’s a simple test to tell if someone is having a stroke:

1. Ask the person to say something to you like their name and address or a simple sentence. Check for slurring of words.

2. Ask the person to close their eyes and raise both their arms over their head. If one arm cannot lift as high as the other, this is a sign of weakness on one side of the body and can indicate that a stroke has occurred. 3. Ask the person to smile. Check for any drooping on either side. If any of these symptoms are present, call an ambulance or rush the person to hospital immediately. With a stroke, every second counts. What is Baterial Cellulitis?

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin and tissues beneath the skin It is very important to get treatment right away for cellulitis. If it is not treated, the bacteria can spread quickly through the body and cause sepsis, an extreme response by the body’s defense system. This can be deadly. Cellulitis is caused by bacteria (usually strep or staph). Some people are at risk for infection by other types of bacteria. They include people with weak immune systems and those who handle fish, meat, poultry, or soil without using gloves. (Source: www.medicinenet.com) Recent studies show . . .

An 11 year old study released at the end of October shows over 80,000 children and youth are affected by stroke every year. This is according to study author Prof. Valery Feigin, director of the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. It’s regarded as a global epidemic with strokes suffered by the young making up 31 per cent of the world total.

“Some of the increase we will see in strokes is unavoidable because it has to do with people aging, but that doesn’t mean we should give up,” said Majid Ezzati of Imperial College London, one of the study’s authors. Ezzati said countries should focus on reducing smoking rates further, aggressively controlling blood pressure and improving eating habits.

Read Salamina's story in this week's YOU!

- Gilda Van Schalkwyk

Sources: The Heart and Stroke Foundation and Think Red.

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