Every 4 minutes, a person in America dies from a stroke. Stroke is among the leading causes of death in the United States. As we age, our risk goes up. Do you know the stroke warning signs that should set you into action to seek immediate medical attention?
May is National Stroke Awareness Month. What better time to learn stroke awareness? Regency Home Care Atlanta is aware of everything involved in senior care for those living independently in Atlanta and shares these life-saving tips for what to look for and when to get help.
Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in America and is one of the main causes for disabilities. The hard facts are that even though 80 percent of strokes are preventable, a stroke can happen anytime, at any age, to anyone. There are a couple of basic stroke types, one caused by a blood clot that is blocking blood flow, and the other is a hemorrhagic stroke where a vessel breaks causing bleeding and swelling of the brain accompanied by an excruciating headache.
When someone is having a stroke, almost 2 million brain cells die every minute the person is untended to. The faster you find help, the better chance the person has in making a recovery. Do you know what to do if someone is having a stroke?
If you notice sudden difficulty with speaking, seeing, walking, sudden one-sided weakness, or a sudden severe headache, it’s time to get help right away. The word to remember is F.A.S.T. These letters stand for:
(T)ime to call for help. Dial 911 immediately!
The main thing to look for is something happening that is affecting only one side of the body. Also, if their speech is slurred or incoherent, this is a warning sign. If you think someone is having a stroke, it’s important to call for immediate help. Some indicators include if they have a sudden horrific headache. The medical team will check for neurological signs by having the person lift their arms, stick out their tongue and try to answer basic questions, like their name and birth date. They will be looking for one side to droop or the tongue to drift to one side.
A stroke can often be stopped before it begins by managing blood pressure, keeping cholesterol in check, maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, exercising, eating healthy, maintaining healthy weight, and stop smoking.
When someone is having a stroke, every second counts. Never think twice or hesitate to call 911. Living alone after a stroke or taking steps to lower your risk for having a stroke are important factors to consider for aging loved ones. Contact Regency Home Care for more information on In-home senior care in Atlanta. We are your partner in care to help with living independently for as long as possible in a safe home environment. We help with reliable transportation to health-related appointments and procedures, running errands, preparing nutritious meals and so much more.