A stroke occurs when there’s a of to the brain causing . During a stroke, there is a shortage of which causes surrounding to be cut off.
Nerve cells within the become harmed as well.
Strokes are considered and require immediate . Every when it comes to detecting the . Early can reduce long-term side effects, , and complications.
can help you act fast as the caregiver:
Slurred speech or confusion
Sudden paralysis or weakness in the face, arms, or legs on one
Blurred vision, double vision, or blindness in one or both eyes
Sudden, , possibly with vomiting and dizziness
Losing balance or stumbling, with or without sudden dizziness
The FAST may help you remember the :
Face - look for , also known as one
Arms - ask them to raise both arms, and if occurs, that may be a
Speech - notice if their speech sounds slurred or confused
Time - the sooner you call 911 for emergency help, the better
If you notice these , get immediately.
While stroke symptoms may vary slightly depending on the , all stroke symptoms should be taken seriously. The three
include , , and transient .
A stroke can occur in anyone at any age. However, understanding the will help you assess the likelihood of your loved one suffering a stroke. Knowing the can help encourage your loved one to make for stroke prevention.
is a major for stroke, which forces the heart to work harder and damages and organs.
The primary cause of death for stroke survivors is , and prevention can also prevent stroke, as the two conditions share many .
If your loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes, they are at greater . High glucose levels over time damage the , resulting in a .
The risk for an is double for smokers, and smoking also increases the risk of , another for stroke.
leads to atherosclerosis, the thickening of the arteries caused by a buildup of fatty deposits. This plaque buildup decreases normal to the brain and can result in a stroke. Regular are used to detect and monitor levels.
Weight loss and regular physical activity can reduce the . Excess weight can contribute to inflammation in the body, decreasing . Obesity, coupled with a lack of exercise, increases the .
Speak to your loved one’s to understand helpful that you can implement for your loved one.
Research shows a correlation between having a family history of an and greater for . A CT scan can detect whether your loved one has a brain .
Drinking too much alcohol can result in , a for stroke. Intravenous drug use can lead to , while cocaine and other drugs increase the risk of and other cardiovascular problems, increasing the .
After the age of 55, the risk for stroke begins to increase. Men are more likely to suffer a stroke at younger ages, and women who take oral birth control or hormone replacement therapy have a greater .
In the United States, stroke is more common in NIH., American Indian, Alaska Native, and Hispanic adults, according to the
The is higher after your loved one has already suffered a stroke. If they have had one or more TIA, sometimes called " ," they are at 10 times for stroke.
If there is a family history of stroke, the increases.
A stroke occurs when is impeded from reaching areas of the brain, depending on what part of the body that controls, different effects will be seen in the stroke survivor. Both common and uncommon effects correlate with the
that was damaged due to the stroke.
Some of the more common effects of stroke are:
Paralysis on one
Memory loss or confusion
Anxiety and depression
Pseudobulbar affect (uncontrollable laughing or crying)
Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
Pain and heightened sensitivity
Problems with vision
Spasticity (muscles tightened)
Foot drop, claw toe, or hammertoe
Other effects may occur depending on the area of the brain where the stroke caused damage.
If your loved one happens to suffer a stroke on the left hemisphere of their brain, they may encounter .
or rehabilitation specialists may be able to help your loved one regain independence around their stroke-related conditions such as trouble communicating, , and . Stroke recovery can be challenging for loved ones and their caregivers.
According to the , on average in 2019, someone in the United States has died of a stroke every 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
Knowing the and can help you better prepare for the possibility that your loved one does suffer from a stroke.
To be safe, you can take your loved one to the if your loved one shows .
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Robert C. Fisher is a Nurse Director at a large medical center in Boston, MA, who holds a Master’s in Nursing Leadership and Administration and an MBA in Healthcare Management.
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