Stroke presents a serious medical problem. MayoClinic.com writes that stroke occurs when the blood supply to a part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, resulting in deprivation of oxygen and food to your brain tissue. Within minutes of a stroke brain cells begin to die. A stroke is a medical emergency and prompt treatment is vital. Early intervention can minimize brain damage and potential complications. However, on the positive side stroke can be treated and prevented by controlling major stroke risk factors including high blood pressure, smoking and high cholesterol. People in Syracuse searching for natural manners to prevent stroke should be pleased to know some experts feel vitamin therapy can reduce stroke.
The University of Western Ontario communications staff has reported “Vitamin therapy can still reduce stroke.” It has been argued vitamin therapy still has a role to play in reducing stroke in a commentary by University of Western Ontario’s David Spence and Harvard School of Public Health’s Dr. Meir Stampfer in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association. The levels of the amino acid homocysteine have in the past been linked to increased risk of stroke and heart attack. And so vitamin B therapy has been used to lower homocysteine levels and decrease risk of stroke and heart attack. However, over the years several randomized trials found lowering homocysteine levels with B vitamins did not result in a cardiovascular benefit. In some instances it was said homocysteine actually increased cardiovascular risk in patients with diabetic nephropathy.
This commentary provides insights that overturn the widespread belief that homocysteine is dead as a positive factor in stroke prevention. It has been commented two key issues have been overlooked in the interpretation of several clinical trials: the key role of vitamin B12, and the newly recognized role of renal failure. Spence has said “It is now clear that the large trials showing no benefit of vitamin therapy obscured the benefit of vitamin therapy because they lumped together patients with renal failure and those with good renal function. The vitamins are harmful in renal failure, and beneficial in patients with good renal function, and they cancel each other out.” It is also written in this commentary that most of the trials did not use a high enough dose of vitamin B12. So taking vitamins daily may be giving you among other benefits less of a chance of being hit with a stroke.
Mandel News Service