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Q. How does lack of sleep contribute to stroke?

Answered by
Dr. Hitesh Kumar
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 23, 2020 and last reviewed on: Feb 25, 2020

Hello doctor,

I would like to know the causes of stroke and its prevention. What are some of the causes of stroke? What are some signs and symptoms? How can you prevent a stroke? Could a lack of sleep or stress cause a stroke? Please suggest.

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There are major risk factors for stroke such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, old age, smoking, alcohol, obesity, high cholesterol and family history of heart disease or stroke. Though there are many more rare causes of stroke. Common presentations are acute onset deviation of angle of the mouth, change in voice, weakness of hands, arms, legs, and imbalance in walking. Though many more presentations can be there in stroke depending on which area of the brain gets affected. Stroke can be prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and healthy food, regular exercise, keeping blood pressure (BP) and sugar under control. Take regular medications as advised by a doctor.

Lack of sleep and stress can lead to increased BP, impaired blood sugars and increased sympathetic response in the body, which can be a risk factor for stroke. If stroke is suspected, rush the patient to the nearest hospital having CT (computed tomography) and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) facility as soon as possible.


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