What are the first signs
of a stroke?
Recognise signs of a stroke and act Fast
F - Face: Face drooping on one side and looks uneven
A - Arm: One arm seems to be floppy
S - Speech: Speech is slurred
T - Time: Call an ambulance quickly
Are you able to recognise the signs of a stroke and respond quickly? This could save a person’s life and reduce their chance of developing major disabilities.
It also causes more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease.
Strokes are serious and can be deadly. Being familiar with the signs of stroke and responding quickly can save your older adult’s life or reduce their chance of developing major disabilities.
what is a stroke?
A stroke takes place when the blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. That deprives brain cells of oxygen and those cells begin to die. One loses the ability to control their muscles and memory loss also occurs.
Different types of strokes
TIA known as Transient ischemic attack - This is a mini stroke and is caused by a temporary blood clot. This is usually a warning sign and you should take it seriously.
Bleed on the brain, known as a Hemorrhagic stroke - takes place when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. This can be caused by high blood pressure.
A clot on the brain, known as an Ischemic stroke - takes place when the blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain is blocked. Most strokes fall into this category.
Most stroke survivors are left with a minor disabilities such as:
- Speech impairment, which affects their communication
- Some physical weakness, walking, eating, dressing and bathing
- Unusual tightness in their muscles
- Stroke fatigue probably being the most severe
All of the above obviously affecting their independence and ability to live a normal life
If you suspect someone has had a stroke,
below are a few tests you can complete whilst waiting for an ambulance
Ask the person to:
- Raise their arms
- Repeat a short phrase e.g. the cow jumped over the moon
- Ask them to smile so you can see if their face is uneven
- Ask them if they can feel any numbness in their body
If they have had a stroke, they will probably have trouble understanding you and display some confusion. They may also have some trouble seeing clearly. They will have trouble with balance and co-ordination and may also feel dizzy and also complain of a headache.
I hope you have found this article informative and easy to read.
A stroke is something to be very aware of and especially in the elderly, or even a younger person where you suspect a stroke may have happened.
Please let me know your thoughts in the comments box below.
Happy Caring, Margot.