How Strokes Affect Incontinence

There are many factors that can lead to incontinence, and once you start to suffer from this condition, there are some medical conditions that can worsen it or affect it in other ways. We are going to examine strokes and how they can have an effect on your urinary leakage.

Strokes are increasingly common, and though they are often confused with heart attacks, they are not quite the same thing. A stroke is caused by blood flow to the brain being restricted to a dangerous point. When his happens, the brain can actually die, if treatment is not given quickly enough. Stroke is caused by clots in the blood vessels that lead to the brain, and those clots are often formed by excess fatty tissue and other pollutants in the bloodstream.

In a recent study conducted by Medical Research Council National Survey for Health and Development, researchers found that seniors who had suffered a stroke were more than three and a half times as likely to suffer from incontinence than someone who had not had a stroke. Seniors are already at risk for incontinence for a number of reasons. Obesity, diabetic conditions and other medical conditions that are common for seniors can all affect the odds of leakage occurring, and those odds only increase when stroke enters the picture. This medical condition can be incredibly dangerous, but even if you survive it, there are still a lot of medical problems to contend with because of it.

The same research debunked some legends about what causes urinary incontinence. The researchers looked at women as well as men and studied how menopause, hormonal changes and smoking affect urinary incontinence and found no link whatsoever between these things and incontinence. However, stroke was shown to have a significant impact on the odds of incontinence occurring, and seniors need to be aware of the risk there. They can’t assume that since they survived the stroke that everything will be okay. Even if they clear up the conditions and factors that led to the stroke in the first place, they may still have incontinence to deal with.

Now, incontinence can be treated, and the sooner you go for treatment for this condition, the more success you will have in completely eliminating it. Not all forms of incontinence can be cured, however. How much progress can be made and how curable they are all depends on what is causing them, and that can be a wide range of factors.

It is important to see a doctor about urinary incontinence, especially after experiencing a serious medical problem like a stroke. Just pay attention to the signs that you may be suffering from incontinence, such as leakage, urgency to urinate and other irregularities in your body’s waste disposal. These could be nothing, or they could be signs that there is something wrong and you need to do something about it.

If you suspect that you have incontinence, then please see your doctor and get the treatment you need to get the symptoms under control and perhaps even experience a cure for your condition.