Each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 800,000 Americans are diagnosed as having a stroke. While the risk of stroke increases with age, strokes can occur in people of all ages. A stroke occurs when blood supply is blocked from part of the brain or when a blood vessel bursts, causing parts of the brain to become damaged or to die. Visiting Care Giving Services is working to increase awareness about strokes, as well as share information about early warning signs of a stroke and prevention, during May, which has been designated as National Stroke Awareness Month.
While strokes are a leading medical emergency in the United States, the good news is that when warning signs of a stroke and symptoms are identified early, treatment can begin the moment emergency medical services arrives. In both men and women, the sudden onset of the following symptoms may indicate a stroke is occurring:
It is imperative that 9-1-1 is called immediately if you or a loved one has any of these warning signs of a stroke.
In order for individuals to get the stroke treatments needed, and for those to be most effective, acting F.A.S.T is imperative. When stroke symptoms are recognized and diagnosed within three hours of initial onset, physicians and other emergency medical team members give patients the best chance of survival.
If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do the following simple test:
In order to help prevent strokes, it’s important to make lifestyle changes to both manage chronic health conditions that put people at higher risk for stroke, and to develop daily habits that promote overall health and wellbeing.
Healthy Living Habits:
Control Medical Conditions:
At Visiting Care Giving Services, our highly-trained team of compassionate care provider professionals can help seniors make and maintain healthy lifestyle choices, from planning and preparing nutritious meals to assisting with and encouraging physician-approved exercise programs. If a loved one has recently had a stroke and is recovering at home, let our home care team help with medication reminders, transferring and ambulation, daily personal care needs, and much more.
To learn more about our Chesterfield companion care providers and the areas we serve, reach out to us today at (636) 493-9058 to schedule a free consultation. For information on our full service area, please visit this page.