Being Aware: Understanding the Warning Signs of a Stroke
A stroke occurs when there is a reduction or interruption in the supply of blood to the brain. Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and they are responsible for causing long-term disabilities. There are three types of stroke: ischemic, hemorrhagic, and transient ischemic. An ischemic stroke is characterized by narrowed or blocked arteries. More than 80 percent of strokes are ischemic strokes. When an individual experiences a hemorrhagic stroke, a blood vessel ruptures, resulting in bleeding inside of the brain. A transient ischemic attack, also known as a mini-stroke, temporarily blocks the flow of blood to the brain and does not cause permanent damage like ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes.
Strokes are very serious and it is important to recognize the signs in order to get someone medical treatment as soon as possible. Learn about the risk factors of a stroke, effects, and the different signs with Comfort Keepers.
Risk Factors of a Stroke
Who is at risk for a stroke? While it is true that a person of any age can suffer from a stroke, seniors are more likely to experience one. People who are more at risk are those who are overweight, have high blood pressure, have heart disease, have diabetes, use certain medications, and more.
Effects of a Stroke
People who suffer from a stroke can experience various effects due to its type, severity, and location. If the cerebrum is affected, an individual may have damage to their movement, speech, vision, and cognitive ability. If the cerebellum is affected, an individual can experience headaches, vomiting, dizziness, and problems with mobility and balance. Lastly, if the brainstem is affected, an individual can experience paralysis, vision problems, a coma, or even death.
Signs of a Stroke
Knowing the signs of a stroke can save someone’s life. The acronym FAST has been used to teach people how to recognize if someone is having a stroke. The “F” stands for face drooping. If you notice that one side of a person’s face is drooping or their smile is uneven, they may be suffering from a stroke. The “A” stands for arm weakness. If an individual has weakness in their arm or it is numb, this is also a sign. “S” stands for speech. If a person begins slurring their words or is having difficulty speaking, a stroke may be the reason. The final letter, “T,” stands for time. If you witness someone showing these symptoms, it is important that you call 911 immediately so that he or she can receive medical attention.
Receive Support and Care From Comfort Keepers Grayslake
If your loved one has suffered from a stroke and needs assistance, you can trust the caregivers at Comfort Keepers to provide exceptional care services and ensure their safety and wellbeing. We encourage you to contact us with any questions you have regarding in-home care, our services, our caregivers, or anything else that comes to mind. Our team looks forward to seeing how we can help improve the quality of life for someone you love.