The National Stroke Association lists stroke as the fifth leading cause of death in America, with around 800,000 people experiencing a stroke annually. This means that every 40 seconds a person somewhere in the U.S. experiences a stroke. And every four minutes someone dies from stroke.
If you are caring for an older or chronically ill loved one who is at a heightened risk for stroke, it’s important to make sure you’re able to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. The quicker you get help, the more likely the person is to survive the stroke. Stroke symptoms include sudden onset of:
- Numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg – particularly on one side of the body
- Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Blurred vision or trouble seeing
- Difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Severe headache with no known cause
If you notice these stroke symptoms in someone, remember to act F.A.S.T.
Face: Ask the person to smile and notice if one side tends to droop.
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm droop downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. When he does, notice if his speech is slurred or if he is unable to form words properly.
Time: Time is of the essence! If you notice any of the above symptoms, call 911 right away or get to a hospital as soon as possible!
At Well-Being Home Care of Westwood, NJ, we pride ourselves on providing professional, highly-trained caregivers to care for your loved ones. We provide a wide range of senior home care services, such as companionship, assistance with meals, personal care, and housekeeping, to meet all your in-home care needs. Contact us at 800-413-0013 to learn more or to schedule an in-home consultation.