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Hippocrates, the so-called father of medicine, first recognized strokes circa 400 BC. At this time stroke was called apoplexy, which means in Greek, struck down in a violent way. This was due to the fact that a person could develop sudden paralysis and a complete change in well-being.

Ironically, Hippocrates first discovered an interesting drug from the inner bark of the Willow Tree. It is now called Aspirin.  In the form of acetylsalicylic acid, in the late 19th C,  chemist Felix Hoffmann, at Bayer in Germany used it to alleviate his father's rheumatism.

Aspirin is also an anticoagulant that reduces blood clotting and could halt a Stroke, but then too much could cause a Bleed.



Antiplatelet therapy: This involves medication that inhibits platelets, or the blood cells responsible for clotting, from forming clots. 

Hydroxycarbamide [ HYDROXYUREA ] is a classic drug for reducing the production of Red Cells and Platelets.

Anticoagulation therapy: This involves medicine to inhibit blood clotting at the level of the coagulation factors.

Warfarin is a classic example of a prescribed anticoagulation drug.

Medications are only prescribed when doctors think there is an increased risk of blood clots, or a dangerous blood clot has already formed.

Since many people with 'Thick Blood' may never experience blood clots, doctors are likely to recommend lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of clots and other complications.

There is really no such thing as thick blood, in as much as your blood may have too many red cells / platelets, and Aspirin does not 'Thin' the blood. Anticoagulants just make the blood less sticky and less prone to a red cell build up and blockage, ie a Blood Clot.


 Recommended life changes include:

Quitting Smoking

Losing weight

Adding Rapeseed Oil to you diet

Drinking lots of water

Staying active, with walking and exercise

Not sitting for too long.

Wearing TEDs on a Flight or during a hospital procedure.





What does Apoplexy mean medically?

Apoplexy, from ancient Greek word:  ἀποπληξία  - apoplexia. It means 'striking away'. Medically a Stroke is bleeding within an internal organ and the accompanying repercussions. For example, ovarian apoplexy is bleeding in the ovaries. Informally or metaphorically, the term apoplexy is sometimes allied with being furious, especially as ‘apoplectic’. Or crazed. But having a Stroke seldom brings on a frantic reaction.

What we call a stroke today is formally called apoplexy, derived from the Greek word apoplessein meaning 'to strike down.'

I thought the etymology of this word was fascinating, because if you have ever known someone who had a stroke, it is truly like they were suddenly ‘struck down’ and unable to get back up. 





What causes Apoplexy?

Pituitary apoplexy can be caused by bleeding into the pituitary or by blocked blood flow to the pituitary. Apoplexy means bleeding into an organ or loss of blood flow to an organ. Pituitary apoplexy is commonly caused by bleeding inside a non-cancerous or benign tumour of the pituitary.

So a Stroke is a clotting that stops blood flow, or a bleed that is the opposite. Around 60% of Strokes are clotting related. The classic Stroke is a thrombotic stroke and is a type of ischemic stroke that occurs when a blood clot, also called a thrombus, forms and blocks blood flow through the artery in which it formed. The blood clot may block the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a portion of the brain, causing long-term brain damage. Stokes strike in varying degrees. From mild ones that are soon recovered from, to death.






 Four Facts YOU need to Know about Stroke Prevention

  • Over half of Strokes occur in people, who have had no prior symptoms.

  • Ultra Screenings can help the identification of Strokes

  • Stroke is a leading cause of severe Disability and Death

  • Screenings are fast and painless





If you have ANY suspicion at all, Call 911 or 999, OR your local emergency number right away. Do not wait to check symptoms.  Do NOT wait to see if symptoms stop. Every SECOND counts.

Tell the Emergency Call worker immediately that you believe someone is having a Stroke OR a Brain Attack. The longer a stroke goes untreated, the greater the potential for brain damage and long term disability.




What is the leading cause of a Stroke?

High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke. It occurs when the pressure of the blood in your arteries and other blood vessels is too high. Bad diets, lack of exercise and high Salt Intake can be factors.

Blood pressure is a problem based on pure Physics. Consider you are blowing up a balloon. The more you blow it up making it bigger, making the skin of it tighter the more chance there is of the skin rupturing. This is the same with your veins and other blood carrying components. A medium Blood Pressure or BP is fine. Test a young person and there BP will be perfect. But as you get older, fatter less active etc, the BP will rise as a natural consequence.

This puts an obvious stress or strain on your internal parts and if this strain is permanent you will ultimately have a severe problem. Have you BP checked as often a spossible.




 What is an apoplectic seizure?

A difficulty; a very sudden attack, which stops more or less completely the powers of sense and motion; it is usually caused by an effusion of blood or serum in the brain, and preceded by giddiness, partial loss of muscular power, and total confusion etc.





What are the 5 warning signs of a Stroke?

Learn More Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms

·       Sudden NUMBNESS or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.

·       Sudden CONFUSION, trouble speaking or understanding speech.

·       Sudden TROUBLE SEEING in one or both eyes.

·       Sudden TROUBLE WALKING, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.

·       Sudden SEVERE HEADACHE with no known cause.




Can You Feel a Stroke coming on?

Sometimes a stroke happens gradually, but you're likely to have one or more sudden symptoms like these: Numbness or weakness in your face, arm, or leg, especially on one side. Confusion or trouble understanding other people. Difficulty speaking.





Can a Stroke be caused by stress?

Real stress can give you high blood pressure, and if you live in a chronic or unremitting state of stress, your body will be on a path of weakening blood vessels. Stress can also cause an increase in blood sugar, which means the vessels cannot dilate or contract to better control your blood flow.





What are the 3 types of Stroke?

There are three main forms of a Stroke:


Ischemic stroke, haemorrhagic stroke and transient ischemic attacks.

An ischemic stroke is caused by a blockage cutting off the blood supply to the brain, causing parts of the brain to die or be severely damaged.

A haemorrhagic stroke is caused by a bleeding in or around the brain, which also causes severe problems.






Blood is perhaps the most important part of our body. It joins everything up, it feeds the body and conveys oxygen and nutrients and energy to where it is needed. It conveys White-Cells that protect the body.

Blood components are all necessary


Plasma constitutes 55-60% of total blood volume. Its task is to carry the other parts of the Blood to where it is needed. It is an essential vehicle, like a flowing river.


White Blood Cells.

White Blood Cells. There are between 6,000 and 8,000 White Blood Cells per cubic millimetre of blood. Each White Cell has a general task in combating infections, but also many are produced to tackle a specific malady.



Platelets, or thrombocytes, are smaller than the red and white blood cells. When we are injured and bleed, platelets attempt to stem the flow. In small cuts this can be done quite easily, but larger cuts may not be stemmed this way. It is not the platelets fault,  it is simple Physics.


Red Blood Cells.

Red Blood Cells, also known as just red cells, are red blood corpuscles, haematids, erythroid cells. Or erythrocytes, which are the most common type of blood cell and the major means of delivering oxygen to the body tissues, with the blood flow through the circulatory system; your veins and arteries.

The Blood that flows through your veins is called Haemoglobin, the main type of blood. 

Myoglobin is an iron and oxygen-binding protein found in the skeletal muscle tissue of vertebrates in general and in almost all mammals. Myoglobin is distantly related to haemoglobin, oxygen-binding protein in red blood cells. Myoglobin is the blood that is in your muscles. protein found in the muscle cells of animals. It functions as an oxygen-storage unit, providing oxygen to the working muscles.

Adults will have approximately 1.2-1.5 gallons or 10 units, or 10 times 470cc or ten pints of blood in their bodyBlood is approximately 10% of an adult's weight. WE must drink lots of water to maintain it.





The healthier you eat, the most exercise you do will maintain a healthy you. And you should never ever suffer a Stroke.



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