Posted on Feb 26, 2016
Signs of Stroke and In Home Assisted Living
A stroke is often called a “brain attack” and causes a sudden stop in blood flow to the brain. With the shortage of blood, the brain is starved of oxygen. In many cases, the brain cells can recover, but there are instances when a stroke can cause permanent damage. It is important to get help and call 911 as soon as possible when the first signs of stroke appear.
According to The National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke, 8 out of 10 strokes could have been prevented. A healthier lifestyle and quitting smoking will help to prevent strokes by reducing high blood pressure, losing weight, and lowering cholesterol. While there are ways to prevent stroke, there are other factors such as race and age that can’t be changed. Because of this fact, our elderly loved ones are more susceptible to strokes.
The faster a stroke victim is cared for, the more likely they can reduce the risk of permanent brain damage. Some signs of a stroke include difficulty in walking and paralysis of one side of the body. The face can become numb and speaking is hard to do. Blurred vision or sudden visual loss are all signs of a stroke.
A stroke can come on quickly and is dangerous if left for too long without medical help. It is important when caring for an elderly loved one to be aware of the closest stroke and urgent care hospital location. Never allow a person who is having a stroke to drive themselves. Either bring them to the hospital or call for an ambulance if any symptom lasts for more than a minute or two. The worst case scenario for getting help right away is an unnecessary trip to the hospital. At least there will be a checkup to look for causes of the symptoms; it’s always better safe than sorry.
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