Have you ever wondered what the risks of heart disease or stroke are for breast-feeding mothers? It’s a question few have asked, but to which scientists now have the answer. A study of 1.2 million women found that breastfeeding mothers are less likely to suffer from a stroke. Researchers from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, have found these benefits over the course of eight studies.
It has been found that mothers who breastfeed are 12 percent less likely to have strokes.
While the WHO (World Health Organisation) recommends that women breastfeed for six months, the researchers did not give an optimum time to breastfeed to get the best protection.
As mentioned, strokes are a serious threat to a person’s health if they do occur.
Statistically, someone has a stroke every five minutes, with 100,000 strokes each year according to the Stroke Association.
There are four main symptoms of a stroke that are best summarised by the acronym, F.A.S.T. or described as Face, Arms, Speech, Time.
In the event of a stroke a person’s face may have dropped on one side.
They may not be able to smile, or their eye or mouth may be drooping.
Treatment of a stroke depends on the type of stroke.
They’re normally treated with medication, to prevent or dissolve blood clots, or surgery that will treat brain swelling and reduce the risk of more bleeding.
Recovering from a stroke can depend on a number of factors including the type of stroke and how long it takes for the patient to be treated.
Importantly, if you see someone suffering the symptoms of a stroke, act FAST and call 999.