May 31, 2018 by Suzanne M. White
We all know someone close to us who has had a stroke. A stroke can happen when the blood supply to one or more parts of the brain becomes blocked. When this occurs, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and start to die. Usually, memory and muscle control are lost. For the most part, this happens out of the blue. However, it is imperative you receive immediate attention from your healthcare professional.
As discussed, strokes happen very suddenly, for the most part. Many strokes are caused by sudden blockages of arteries pumping blood to the brain. However, there are some that happen as a result of brain tissue bleeding following the bursting of a blood vessel.
Strokes are a very serious condition. The symptoms of a stroke include sudden numbness or weakness, usually on one side of the body; sudden confusion or difficult with speaking or understanding speech; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; trouble with walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination; or sudden severe headache. If you have been deemed a high risk of developing or experiencing a stroke, follow the advise of your healthcare professional. The fact is a stroke can leave you with a serious disability and it can even kill you.
As you can imagine, understanding the signs and symptoms of stroke is imperative. You should be aware of them, but so should any individuals living with you. If you are living alone, in home care providers can keep an eye on you, professional caregivers are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke and can react quickly should the need arise.
If you notice any of these symptoms mentioned above on a friend or family member, perform the FAST Test immediately. FAST is an acronym that stands for Face, Arms, Speech, and Time. If you notice any irregularities with one's speech, or the way they move their arms and/or if a part of their face is drooping, it is time to react quickly and notify emergency responders.
Calling 911 right away can save your friend or family members life. It will get them the treatment they need.
May is American Stroke Awareness Month. For more information on strokes, contact your healthcare professional.
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