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Act FAST and Prevent Senior Strokes

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Strokes are more common among the elderly population as age is one of the leading risk factors for stroke. As a premier provider of Naples senior care, we wanted to share some information about stroke, and what seniors and their families can do to reduce overall risk. Let’s start by explaining what a stroke is. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off as a result of a blood clot or a rupture in a vessel. When a blood clot is the cause, the stroke is referred to as ischemic.

Today, there is an available treatment that can reduce the severity of strokes and prevent the debilitating aftermath that was once common after an individual suffered an ischemic stroke. This treatment is tissue plasminogen activator, and when given within three to four hours of an ischemic stroke, it can dissolve a blood clot and allow blood flow to the brain to resume. Administering this treatment as early as possible improves a stroke victim’s chances of recovery tremendously. However, the key is to act quickly or FAST.

FAST is an acronym that can aid a family member in getting quick treatment for a loved one who may be having a stroke. The first three letters in FAST represent a sign that can be observed when an individual is experiencing a stroke, while the last letter is a call to action.

  • F is for Face. When an individual is having a stroke, a common symptom is the drooping of one side of the face. If the person is asked to smile, his or her smile may look uneven if a stroke is occurring. One side of the face may also feel numb.
  • A is for arm weakness. When the person is asked to raise his or her arm, if a stroke is in process the arm will usually drift down to the side or feel numb.
  • The letter S represents speech. If the individual has slurred speech and has difficulty repeating a short simple sentence such as “the apple is red,” this could be a sign of stroke.
  • T means it is time to call 911 if a person has any of these symptoms. Call immediately and report the time when the person began having symptoms.

Remember to act FAST when suspecting a stroke. It can save your aging parent or loved one’s life. If you have a loved one who has recently experienced a stroke, it’s just as important to be aware of these symptoms to prevent a secondary stroke from occurring. Along with recommendations for dietary changes and an increase in physical activity, your loved one may need to take specific mediations to reduce stroke risk. Depending on the severity of the stroke, they may also require short or long-term live-in home care in Naples to ensure their safety and comfort.

To learn more about caring for a senior after a stroke, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Naples today. We specialize in Naples stroke care and our professional and compassionate caregivers are highly trained in how to care for seniors after a stroke. From help with feeding and personal care to mobility assistance and medication reminders, our stroke caregivers can ensure that you’re loved one’s needs are always met, all from the comfort of home. For more information or to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation, call 239-449-4701 and speak to a friendly Care Manager.

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