What is a stroke?
A stroke is a disruption in the normal blood supply to the brain. A stroke often occurs suddenly and affects its victims in different ways. It is the 3rd most common cause of death in the United States with approximately 500,000 strokes occuring each year.
A stroke can occur at any age but is most common in people over 45 years of age with increased frequency in those 65 and older. 10-15 percent more men are affected by strokes than women.
Transient ischemic attacks, better know as TIAs, are small, warning strokes that can happen before a major stroke. They occur when blood clot clogs an artery for a short time. Signs of a TIA are similar to a stroke, but usually last only a few minutes.
Signs and symptoms of stroke:
- Sudden, severe headache
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Blindness in one eye
- Sudden trouble walking, loss of balance or coordination
- Tunnel vision
- Numbness and tingling of arm, hand or leg
- Weakness in face, arm or hand
- Sudden confusion, trouble talking or understanding speech
3 major risk factors of stroke:
- Hypertension – high blood pressure
- Heart disease
Other risk factors include:
- Substance abuse
- Sedentary lifestyle
- High stress levels
- Elevated cholesterol levels
Now that you know why strokes strike, take these important steps to help prevent them:
- Treat your high blood pressure – eat a balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight and exercise. Control your blood pressure with medication, if necessary
- Quit smoking
- Manage heart disease
- Control diabetes
- Seek help if you experience TIA or other stroke symptom
Stroke is an emergency!
If you or anyone you know has the symptoms of a stroke or TIA, go straight to emergency room or call 999. There are treatments that can be administered to help lessen the effects of a stroke, but it is a race against the clock. The quicker a person who has a stroke gets to the hospital, the better the chances of survival and recovery.
Source: SaintFrancis Health system http://www.saintfrancis.com
When Apple claimed “we love music” as they first introduced the iPod, little did we know an underlining strategy behind the new Apple.
A crude plot of Apple products by weight. Static computing to mobile computing.
From Macs to iPods, a major defining moment in moving towards mobile device strategy is the load-shedding of weight and a carefully chosen function: playing music.
Although “playing music” has only a small fraction of correlation with computing, the idea that you can bring the entire collection in your pocket (such mobility!) was at the core of this new strategy. A tightly integrated hardware & software company can always add more functions later as demonstrated with the introduction of iPhone several years later.
Laptops for a while have been the standard bearers of “mobile computing” but perhaps they were not mobile enough. The next level of mobility was going to be “pocketable” device
It's not a new concept. Portable music players have been around for many years but they are certainly not usable enough and pocketable enough. Apple took the leap and focused on improving these 2 key elements.
I think I'll write about this (mobility) more & explore what the future will hold.
Mobility is roughly = f (function, weight, size, battery life)
My work is indeed kinda cool.
We don’t exactly employ this on the platform yet but knowing such possibility is indeed awesome.
I am a technology buff. Hope one day I make it to technology management & engineering management.
When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, he immediately recognized the possibility of reviving the struggling company: great engineers and engineering results around, but lousy engineering management.
I have long wondered about going back to blogging. There are many ideas in my head that I need to record somewhere.
But fear from the past still haunts me. Perhaps I should make it a techno-blog rather than a personal blog. Then I won’t take things so personally.
At least 270 degrees views on things. Getting all 360 is difficult.
Besides, majority of my short, quick thoughts are recorded in Twitter (@zzeed). Blogs are for long thoughts. Would you even be interested in that?
Yes, this is my profile pic.
I love watching the horizon and inhaling the breadth of the sea. The best part about working at satellite: when you see the boat heads towards you to pick you up.
Smashed during permit to work meeting & dinner. May Allah help me… Ya Allah, grant me the patience & the strength.