A stroke can happen at any time, especially to a senior.
When a stroke occurs, time is of the essence. The sooner the stroke sufferer gets treatment, the better.
What Is a Stroke?
A stroke is a condition caused by a disruption of blood flow to the brain resulting in the loss of proper function of the brain. There are two types of strokes; Ischemic and Hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes are caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes are caused by an accumulation of blood in the skull. As a result, the affected area of the brain will no longer function properly.
Strokes are one of the most common and serious health conditions faced by people of all ages. Most strokes occur in seniors, especially those already in poor health. However, strokes can occur in young and seemingly healthy people as well. Because strokes are so dangerous, it is vital that you learn to recognize the signs of a stroke.
The 3 Most Common Signs of a Stroke
There are several signs that indicate someone is having a stroke, and this article will cover the most definitive. If you see someone exhibiting these symptoms, or if you start having them yourself, seek medical attention immediately. The longer you wait, the greater the possibility of brain damage.
1. Numbness and Weakness
The most characteristic symptom of a stroke is numbness and/or weakness in the face or extremities. This numbness or weakness is often confined to one side of the body. It is important that the common and harmless phenomenon of an arm or leg falling asleep is not mistaken for a stroke. To ensure this doesn’t happen, wait a few seconds and try to move the affected extremity. Try to raise both arms. If one of the arms is not parallel to the other or drifts downward, or it is difficult to move, you may have suffered a stroke. You may also experience trouble walking, with one leg not as strong as the other.
2. Confusion and Trouble With Verbal Comprehension
A stroke does affect the body, but the most dangerous effects are taking place in the brain. This is evidenced by the confusion and trouble understanding the words of others that often happen during a stroke. Of course, the person suffering the stroke often has trouble speaking themselves. This is another well-known indicator that a stroke is occurring and you should call 911.
3. Trouble Seeing
Some people who experience strokes have trouble seeing out of one or both eyes during the stroke. This symptom is less common than trouble speaking and numbness, but is still quite common. The symptom may present in one or both eyes, more commonly one. If you or someone else has only this symptom and not trouble speaking or numbness, you should still seek medical attention immediately.
Identify Stroke Signals
More than 17 million people experience a stroke each year. The American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Stroke Association adopted the “F.A.S.T.” acronym to help identify whether a person is experiencing a stroke.
F – Face: Ask the individual to smile and see if the smile is uneven. Does one side of their face droop? One side of the face may also be numb.
A – Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does either drift down?
S – Speech: Ask the person to talk. Is their speech slurred? Do they have difficulty pronouncing words? Try to get them to repeat a simple sentence and see if the phrases are repeated accurately.
T – Time: If you answered yes to any of these questions, dial 911 immediately. If you or a loved one develops any of these symptoms, it is imperative that you get help as soon as possible. The quicker that someone who has suffered a stroke can be treated by a team of health care professionals, the quicker their brain damage can be limited. People who suffer strokes sometimes face weeks of rehabilitation and sometimes suffer permanent disability.
Getting Help From Complete Care
If you need help, contact your nearest Complete Care Emergency Room. With 18 ER locations across the state of Texas, there is sure to be an emergency room nearby.
Each Complete Care emergency center has the equipment and emergency staff capable of properly managing and treating a stroke victim. Our team can properly diagnose and care for both the patient and family during this critical time.