May 9, 2018 by Anonymous
Learn the Symptoms of a Stroke
A stroke can cause extreme disability or death, and should be treated as a medical emergency. Strokes occur when the blood supply of the brain becomes interrupted or reduced, often because of a sudden blockage of an artery to the brain, or sometimes as a result of brain tissue bleeding from a burst blood vessel. The good news for many adults in senior care is that strokes can now be treated and sometimes even prevented. It’s imperative for adults working in senior care to know FAST signs of a stroke. We now have fewer Americans dying from strokes due to medical advances, so know the most common stroke symptoms and you may save a life. We’ve created a list below, to support American Stroke Awareness Month.
Check Arms, Legs, and Face for Weakness, Numbness or Paralysis
Sudden weakness, numbness, or paralysis in the extremities, especially on one side of the body may indicate a stroke. If you are working with a person in senior care, ask for both arms to be lifted overhead at the same time. If one arm doesn’t lift, call for emergency help.
Not Understanding Speech / Slurred Speech
If your adult in senior care is suddenly confused with slurred speech, or difficulty understanding what you’re saying, get help quickly.
Blurred or Double Vision
Strokes often create blurred, double, or blackened vision, maybe in just one eye, or it could affect both. This is another stroke symptom. Call for help.
Dizziness and Intense Headache
Find quick treatment for sudden dizziness with an intense headache, especially if accompanied by an altered consciousness.
Balance / Walking Challenges
Adults in senior care services who are noticeably stumbling, dizzy, and seem oddly uncoordinated will need quick assistance.
The FAST Test
Remember FAST when you need to determine if someone might be suffering a stroke, then find help immediately. FAST stands for:
F-Face: Does one side of the face droop when you ask the person to smile?
A-Arms: Can the potential stroke victim raise both arms, or does one stay down?
S-Speech: Have the person repeat a simple sentence to see if their speech is normal.
T-Time: If you’ve observed any of these signs, call for immediate medical attention. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die.