A cerebrovascular stroke is still the #3 killer in the United States and a growing problem worldwide.
There are more than 700,000 strokes in the U.S. each year with over 160,000 deaths, for a cost of $54 billion U.S., in 2004 (CDC, AHA).
Strokes happen suddenly and are dangerous.
If you believe you or someone near you is having a stroke, you should call an emergency health provider immediately.
Fast medical treatment could mean the difference between life and death.
You and your loved ones can learn about the seven warning signs of a stroke here
Many think a stroke is worse than death
People view having a stroke as worse than death (Samsa, 1998). And with good reason–up to 30% of stroke patients become permanently disabled because of brain damage.
Most strokes occur when a blood clot cuts off the blood supply to your brain cells, leaving those cells to die.
Your whole body can be affected, but usually your arms and legs can be paralyzed, or speech centers are damaged, leaving you unable to walk, move your arms, or unable to speak.
Prevention is the best way to fight strokes
The American Heart Association says “effective prevention remains the best treatment for reducing the burden of stroke” (Primary prevention of ischemic stroke: a guideline from the American Heart Association, Stroke, 2006).
Prevention simply means the positive things you do every day for your health.
After you learn about the following studies from green tea stroke reearch, you may choose to add daily green tea to your stroke prevention plan.
*Up to 75% strokes prevented with green or black tea
Both green and black tea have shown strong prevention of strokes.
The more tea the people drank each day, the fewer strokes. (Chen, 2004)
More brain cells protected with green tea
Animal studies on green tea stroke research have shown that both green tea extract and EGCG, the strongest antioxidant in green tea, consistently reduce the size of a stroke by approximately 80% and reduce the number of brain cells dying by up to 50%.
The greatest protection was always with the largest amount of daily green tea.
Coffee study shows only 25% reduced risk
What about other caffeinated beverages? A study of coffee drinking among women found only 22% to 25% reduced risk of stroke with more than one cup daily compared to those who did not drink coffee (Susanna C et al, Coffee Consumption And Risk Of Stroke In Women, Stroke, March 2011).
Learn more about your heart health
Your health depends on educating yourself and then taking positive action every day. If you have a specific health condition, you should also consult with your health care provider.
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This page last updated by Sharon Jones.
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