Obesity and Stroke
Diabetes is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disorders including stroke. Although obesity and diabetes are recognised independent risk factors for ischemic stroke, their joint effect on stroke risk is not well explored. Obesity treatment will substantially reduce the burden of stroke. Diabetes can also make it tougher for your body to respond to a stroke. When your oxygen supply is cut off, other arteries can generally serve as a bypass. But if you have diabetes, those vessels may be hardened or congested with plaque, a condition known as atherosclerosis. This creates it harder for blood to get to your brain. One treatment for ischemic stroke is a clot-buster medicine called tPA, which must be taken within the first 3 hours after stroke symptoms begin. It softens the clot that has clogged an artery and can restore blood flow to brain tissue. But this drug isn’t for all people who have an ischemic stroke, especially if you've had main surgery in the previous 2 weeks or recent head trauma.
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