How to prevent cerebral infarction due to constant smartphone usage

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Smartphones have become an integral part of our everyday life. In fact, many people spend significant hours on the phone doing one thing or another. This is especially so for mobile gamers who usually spend hours on the phone playing games. Recently, there was a report that frightened many netizens. The report claims that playing with a smartphone for long hours can possibly cause cerebral infarction.

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Taking an example from a recent case, Ayong (real name withheld) played games frantically every day during his vacation. During his gaming hours, he did not move for seven or eight hours. One day, Ayong, who had just woken up, felt wrong as soon as he sat down at the dining table. His hands were shaking and he couldn’t hold his chopsticks steadily. Then he was admitted to the hospital. Subsequently, the head CT and MRI showed an acute infarction had occurred in the right cerebellum. The doctor claims that this likely relates to his original “cervical spondylosis” and playing with mobile phones for too long.

How dangerous is a cerebral infarction? Does playing with a smartphone really cause cerebral infarction? If you don’t know it yet, you must check it out!

What is cerebral infarction?

Cerebral infarction, also known as ischemic stroke, refers to the blockage of blood vessels supplying the brain resulting in obstruction of blood supply to the brain, and eventually leading to ischemia and hypoxic necrosis of local brain tissue. This also results in the rapid emergence of corresponding neurological diseases. A clinical syndrome of functional impairment. Cerebral infarction is the most common type of cerebrovascular disease, accounting for about 70%-80%.

If reasonable treatment cannot be obtained in a timely manner, there will be sequelae such as paralysis of the unilateral limb, difficulty in speech, blurred vision, and even a vegetative state. This will eventually lead to a high rate of disability, mortality, and recurrence.

What are the common causes of cerebral infarction?

Cerebral infarction is a common cerebrovascular disease among middle-aged and elderly people over 50 years old, but with the improvement of living standards, the age of onset of cerebral infarction is getting lower. Young people in their 20s and 30s now often suffer from the disease. We need to pay more attention to it

Common causes of cerebral infarction include:

Atherosclerosis: Long-term patients with hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes cannot receive standardized treatment. Obesity, smoking, high work pressure, and eating high-calorie foods can all lead to acute cerebral infarction.

Trauma and improper neck massage can lead to the tearing of the intima of the neck blood vessels, resulting in a dissecting aneurysm, resulting in acute cerebral infarction; diseases such as moyamoya disease and Takayasu arteritis can also induce cerebral infarction.

Heart valve disease, endocardial infection, arrhythmia (atrial fibrillation is the most common): the systolic function of the heart is reduced, and the blood is easily stagnated in the heart to form a thrombus. Congenital abnormal cardiac development leads to patent foramen ovale, and retrograde thrombus from veins can be directly shunted into the arterial system through the unclosed foramen ovale on the heart, resulting in cerebral infarction.

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Hypercoagulable state: such as polycythemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, the absence of some components in the anticoagulation system, etc., can cause blood hypercoagulability, thereby forming thrombus and causing cerebral infarction.

Does playing mobile phone cause cerebral infarction?

Playing with a smartphone in one position, often in a sedentary or protracted state can cause slow blood flow and cervical spondylosis. The bilateral vertebral arteries supplying blood to the back of the brain run in the intervertebral foramen of the cervical spine. When the cervical vertebrae are dislocated or hyperplasia, the vertebral arteries will be compressed or stimulated, resulting in corresponding vertebral arterial insufficiency, coupled with blood pressure, blood lipids, etc. Elevated blood sugar, in severe cases, can induce cerebral infarction.

Users who play games and forget to eat or sleep or find it difficult to sleep after playing games should be very careful. The body will be in a  state of excessive consumption, and the nutritional supply of brain tissue is insufficient. This often gives rise to the occurrence of hypoglycemia and brain hypoxia. Hypoglycemia and cerebral hypoxia can cause cerebral vasospasm, leading to cerebral infarction.

Those who smoke while playing games also need to ve very careful. Factors such as nicotine produced by smoking can damage blood vessel walls and induce thrombosis. Cerebral infarction occurs when a thrombus breaks off and blocks the cerebral blood vessels.

When playing on the phone, the mood is too nervous and excited. In a state of stress, people’s heart rate is constantly fluctuating, and blood pressure will also increase along with it, continuously secreting adrenal hormones, aggravating vasoconstriction, and inducing cerebral infarction.

What are the warning signs of cerebral infarction?

There are often some signs before the onset of cerebral infarction. If you can find out and seek medical attention in time, you can greatly reduce the disability rate and fatality rate of cerebral infarction.

In daily life, we can try to judge and identify cerebral infarction by ourselves through the formula of “Stroke 120”.

The first action “1”: look for an asymmetrical or uneven face

The second action “2”: raise both arms and hold for more than 10 seconds, check whether there is a unilateral weakness of the arm.

The third action “0”: absence of clear speech

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When one of the symptoms occurs, enough attention should be paid to it, it may be a cerebral infarction, and you should seek medical attention in time.

How to prevent cerebral infarction?

1. Control blood pressure (normal blood pressure is less than 140/90mmHg), blood lipids, and control body weight (body mass index 18.5-24.9kg/m2);

2. Adhere to daily physical exercise, no less than 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every day;

3. Quit smoking and drinking;

4. Have a reasonable diet and control the daily salt intake (less than 6g salt);

5. Control heart rhythm and heart rate, and treat primary heart diseases;

6. Keep a good mood to prevent anxiety and depression from happening;

7. Control blood sugar. Fasting blood sugar should be less than 6.0mmol/L, postprandial blood sugar should be less than 10.0mmol/L, and glycated hemoglobin should be less than 7.0%.

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