May 10, 2018 by Comfort Keepers
Comfort Keepers Senior Care Las Vegas wants all seniors and their loved ones to know and understand the signs and symptoms of a stroke.
Every four minutes in the United States a stroke becomes fatal. The risk of having a stroke goes up with each year of age with 75 percent of strokes occurring in seniors over the age of 65. Seniors who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or who smoke have an increased risk of stroke.
Not all strokes are fatal or lead to long-term disability. A senior's ability to recover from a stroke is based on many different circumstances, but one of the most critical is the amount of time between the onset of the stroke and the start of emergency medical treatment. This is why Comfort Keepers Senior Care Las Vegas stresses the importance of understanding the signs and symptoms of a stroke.
Most seniors who have strokes report sudden numbness or paralysis on one side of their body. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control reports that 93 percent of seniors who were able to give information about their stroke experienced numbness in their arm, leg, or face.
Next to numbness, the most common sign of a stroke is the sudden slurring of speech or inability to communicate verbally. Seniors may also have difficulty understanding another's speech.
Seniors experiencing a stroke may also have blurry or blackened vision, a severe headache that may lead to vomiting, or an inability to walk.
When checking to see if your loved one may be having a stroke, use the acronym FAST
Face – have the senior smile and see if part of their face droops
Arms – have the senior raise both hands above their head – if they can, does one drift down?
Speech – can the senior answer a simple sentence without slurring their words?
Time – if the answers to any of the other questions/actions cause concern, it is time to call 911.
For more information about stroke awareness or care, contact Comfort Keepers Senior Care Las Vegas. A senior care coordinator will gladly answer any questions you may have.
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