There are many precautions you can take to help with the prevention of strokes in your loved one. However, you may be wondering how you are supposed to know if your elderly loved one is having a stroke. There are some things that you will want to look out for and it isn’t just F.A.S.T.
According to the American Stroke Association, there is a mnemonic device that helps people to remember the signs of a stroke. They also state what to do if you see these signs. F stands for face drooping. This is almost a sure sign of a stroke. If you notice that your loved one’s face seems lopsided, you should get them medical attention right away. A stands for arm weakness. If your elderly loved one can’t lift both their hands up above their head or their arm is numb or weak, they may be having a stroke. S stands for speech difficulties. If you noticed your elderly loved one is having a difficult time getting words out, they could be having a stroke. T stands for calling 911.
In addition to F.A.S.T, your elderly loved one might experience vision loss. this will happen suddenly and it could be a sign of a stroke. If you notice your loved one suddenly has vision loss in one or both eyes, make sure you get them to a doctor right away.
A stroke can lead to brain swelling which can cause your elderly loved one to have a major headache. If they don’t have a history of severe headaches or migraines and they suddenly have a major headache, they could be having a stroke. Even if they have a history of migraines, if they feel this one is different, you should still contact a doctor.
Imbalance or Dizziness
In addition to the above signs of a stroke, your elderly loved one might experience imbalance or dizziness. This is generally a result of them feel numb or weak in their leg or arms. One entire side of their body may be numb or weak. Imbalance or dizziness is a cause for medical concern.
If your elderly loved one starts vomiting out of nowhere, with no symptoms of the flu or other illnesses, you should get them medical attention. They could be having a stroke.
There are far too many people who die from having a stroke and not getting treatment quick enough. You and your loved one’s home care providers can watch out for these signs and get your loved one the help they need.
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