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Zerodha CEO Nithin Kamath suffers mild stroke: Stress can affect your brain health and mimic stroke-like symptoms, see 6 warning signs | health news


Zerodha CEO Nithin Kamath suffered a mild stroke about six weeks ago. In a post on February 26, he shared that the stroke happened unexpectedly and could probably be attributed to factors such as his father’s recent death, poor sleep, fatigue, dehydration and overwork.

A stroke, also known as a brain attack, occurs when the blood supply is disrupted Blockage in any part of the brain or rupture of a blood vessel in the brain. Nithin noted that he now feels better and is able to read and write, although his mouth has a slight droop, which is a common symptom of a stroke. He also mentioned that he used to be absent-minded but now feels more present.

According to Dr. Kunal Bahrani, Director of Neurology, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad, “When we are stressed, our body is affected by hormones that can affect our blood pressure and heart rate. Over time, this can damage the blood vessels in the brain and increase the risk of stroke.” Stress can lead to unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking too much alcohol and/or overeating, which further increase the risk of stroke.”

Stroke Symptoms 6 Warning Songs

Now let’s talk about stroke warning signs. Dr. Kunal suggests remembering the acronym “Be Fast”:

  • B for Balance: Sudden trouble with balance or coordination.
  • E For Eyes: Sudden vision problems in one or both eyes.
  • F for Face: Sudden weakness or drooping on one side of the face.
  • A for Arms: Sudden weakness or numbness in one arm or leg.
  • S for Speech: Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding.
  • T for time: If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, it’s time to call emergency services.

Effects of stress on brain health

But here’s the thing about stress, it can sometimes make you think you’re having a stroke when you’re not. Symptoms such as sudden numbness, weakness, confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, and fast or stressed eating can be signs of a stroke, but they can also be caused by stress or other health problems.

Ways to manage everyday stress

Dr. Kunal recommends, “That’s why it’s so important to manage stress effectively. Try relaxation techniques like breathing meditation and yoga. Make regular exercise and prioritize activities. Support from friends, family, or a mental health professional.

Remember that stress can mimic the symptoms of a stroke, and taking care of your emotional well-being can protect your brain health in the long run. So prioritize stress management alongside other healthy habits to keep your brain and body in shape.”

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