Current statistics have shown that senior aged Americans die more from a stroke than from any other illness or disease. Calculations predict that an episode occurs every 45 seconds in the United States alone. Men are slightly more at risk than women, but both men and women over the age of 45 have a high possibility of falling victim to the threat. 

With such a high risk, it is important to understand what you can do decrease your chances of becoming another negative statistic.

What Actually Happens When A Person Has A Stroke?

Chances are that you have personally known or heard of someone who has had a stroke episode. You may not, however, understand what that actually means. Understanding the process may help you become better equipped to reduce your risk. 

When a person suffers one of these episodes, the essential blood vessels that carry oxygen to the brain become damaged, impeding the natural flow. Just like any other organ or muscle in your body, the brain needs oxygen in order to survive. If the brain’s supply of oxygen is cut off, the result can be devastating. Depending on the severity of the episode, the oxygen supply may be cut off for a single, brief moment. Even these minor episodes can result in major catastrophes. 

Although death is one serious side effect, there are many other life altering results that may come about after suffering from a severe or minor episode. Here are just a few of the consequences regularly experienced by victims:
• Total or partial paralysis
• Physical weakness
• Changes in mental health
• Loss of memory
• Speaking and writing disabilities
• Current or future heart problems

What Does This Have To Do With Gum Disease?

Gum disease, which understandably begins in the mouth, can have consequences that are extremely far reaching. In fact, evidence has shown that gum disease may actually increase a person’s risk of suffering a stroke. 

The ASA provided consequential evidence surrounding this theory. The patients regarded during this study showed astounding results. The individuals suffering from a severe case of gum disease were 4.3 more at risk of becoming victim to an episode than those who did not show noticeable signs of gum problems. The results backed up previous conclusions that bacterial infections in the mouth can spread to other areas of the body. 

To improve your chances of avoiding these serious consequences, do your part in caring for your mouth. If you do have signs of gum disease, seek gum disease treatment immediately to prevent further problems.  

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