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Alcohol: The Enemy Behind A CVA

Alcohol has been found to be the cause of many ailments. Did you know, though, that it can cause a stroke? This is true. Have you ever heard of cerebrovascular accident or CVA? This is when blood flow to the brain stops suddenly, preventing oxygen from getting to the brain, thus causing a brain injury and the high probability of a stroke. What specifically causes a cerebrovascular accident? One of several things: debris lodged in a blood vessel breaks free and runs directly to the brain. This is known as an embolic stroke. A blood clot blocks flow to the brain. This is a thrombotic stroke. A cerebral hemorrhage caused by a torn artery. This is a hemorrhagic stroke.

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Any blockage of blood vessels in the brain can also cause a cerebrovascular accident. So what can put a person at risk for CVA? Smoking, drug use, and excessive alcohol consumption are three preventable factors. When one or more of these factors is present, age and gender are of little consequence. A 34-year-old man can succumb instantly to a stroke without ever having had any medical problems. His history? Excessive alcohol consumption.

Having a stroke can be bad but a person can recover from many of them. Having one due to excessive drinking, such as the cerebrovascular accident, can leave permanent damage and often lead to death. As seen with the case in point above, age and gender are not discriminated against when it comes to a CVA.

It would stand to reason that if alcohol abuse can damage the brain, and damaged brain cells can lead to a cerebrovascular accident, meaning a stroke, then mathematically, A plus B does equal C. How does a person prevent it? While some conditions are caused by other conditions happening in a person's body, a CVA can oftentimes be prevented by lifestyle changes.

Think of it this way. You know crossing a busy street is highly likely to get you run over if you are not waiting for the pedestrian signal, right? You know playing Russian Roulette with a gun is going to eventually land on that bullet, right?

You also know that a CVA can be caused by excessive alcohol consumption. So why an alcoholic continue to get repeatedly drunk?  Why keep going with the whiskey or going through a case of beer in a day? Bottom line? Excessive alcohol consumption causes a cerebrovascular accident. Stop drinking.

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