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Why Strokes Strike

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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.

Warning strokes

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
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease

Other risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Substance abuse
  • Obesity
  • 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

Bel’ Air fragrance search

As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been searching for a Bel’ Air fragrance headache medication by scent.

I found Bel’ Air bottle, but it’s the burner oil type.

Finally, I found it on the bottom right of this page:

Let’s hope they ship to Malaysia!

Short Notes for July 19

The Umdatul Ahkam session was very enlightening. I managed to squash a long term doubt that I’ve had for a long time. Finally submitted the contract proposal that everybody have been chasing me on last week.

Adik was not feeling well. I headed back straight away. Ayoh also returned.

Sugar Temporary Deficit

Who actually manages our sugar supply? The government? The suppliers (Robert Kwok and co.)?

From the law of supply and demand, a temporary shortage is caused either by an increase in demand or a decrease in supply.

Demand is pretty much stiff. There shouldn’t be much changes to that. It’s not like suddenly Malaysians are healthily conscious of diabetic lifestyle and subsequently abandoning sugar. So there’s something with the supplied quantity, subsidy, and the price ceiling that we don’t know much about.

Steve Jobs grave

Steve Jobs is very successful. But he’s also getting old, looking for a successor to prolong the legacy.

Here is the fan’s image of his graveyard.

No Confidential Rubber Stamp

At the office, none of the admin staff got the “Private & Confidential” rubber stamp. There’s plenty of “Draft“, “Certified True Copy” and whatnot, but not “P&C“.

But there are plenty of focus on keychain.

And sea shells.

So, even focus needs to be constantly looked at and prioritized, not just work items.

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Called up MKL (an old friend from the vendor office) to ask him about his well-beings. I heard he was hospitalized for a while… back disc issue.

Maroon couch

Had a horrible nightmare. I woke up sobbing.

Major living hall overhaul. Fixed up the new hanger stand. Maroon couch was given away.

I’m Ending My Competitive Sport Era

I joined a 7-a-side tournament in an attempt to revive my passion in football. One poor guy broke a leg. I sprained mine. So time to move on. I can’t play competitive sport anymore.

Time to think about leisurely games, something less competitive. Bowling? Golf? Hm… Wii? Hehe.

Visited CB with everyone except KNgah (at Meru) & Intan (at work). Quick meeting at night. Motion: how do we handle Tuesdays when Alya has labs exercises?

Short Notes for June 26

Dad seems better. Attended Wasa meeting. I’m convinced that my SB600 is problematic. It just doesn’t fire on demand anymore.


Much later I brought the other digital blood pressure monitor as comparison. Darn close. Glad dad has improved.

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