May 10, 2018 by Katie Fielmann
Stroke is the Stroke fifth leading cause of death for Americans and tens of millions more suffer long-term disability and a lower quality of life due to strokes. There are different types of strokes, but 9 out of 10 are ischemic, meaning that the blood flow has been cut off to a portion of the brain. This normally occurs as the result of a blocked or ruptured blood vessel. The long-term impact of a stroke, including the likelihood of death, is determined by many factors but the most important is the time between the initial occurrence of a stroke and the time they receive emergency medical attention.
Because of the serious nature of strokes, Comfort Keepers advanced home care encourages seniors and their loved ones understand the signs and symptoms of a stroke.
The three most common signs and symptoms related to a stroke are:
Sudden weakness or paralysis normally occurs on one side of the body. This is often accompanied by sudden confusion and/or inability to speak properly. Seniors may slur their words or be unable to repeat or respond to a simple sentence. Seniors may also experience a sudden loss of balance.
Comfort Keepers advanced home care providers use a simple acronym if they think a senior may be experiencing a stroke: FAST. To conduct the FAST test, simply follow the letters -
F – Face – Ask the senior to smile and see if one side of the face droops
A – Arms – Ask the senior to lift both arms above their head. See if one falls down.
S – Speech – Ask the senior to answer or repeat a simple sentence. Do they slur their words, sound strange, or have trouble understanding what you are asking them to do?
T – Time – If the response to any of the above three questions or actions causes concern, it is time to call 911 and get emergency medical assistance.
For more information about stroke awareness, contact a Comfort Keepers advanced home care representative. They will be happy to talk with you.
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