Stroke 101: What Everyone Should Know About Stroke
Getting a stroke is something people just mention casually nowadays. However, strokes are much more complicated than what they seem to be. Strokes are dangerous and require immediate medical assistance as it occurs when part of the blood supply to your brain is interrupted or cut off. These cause brain cells to deteriorate within minutes.
Fortunately, with the right education, strokes can be treated and, of course, prevented.
What causes a stroke?
Strokes, as mentioned, occur when the blood supply to the brain is blocked or interrupted. This can be due to a blocked artery, which is then called an “ischemic stroke”. It can also be caused by the leaking of a blood vessel, which is then called a “hemorrhagic stroke”.
The most common type of ischemic strokes is thrombotic stroke, which is when a blood clot forms in one of the arteries supplying blood to your brain, and embolic stroke, which is when a blood clot forms somewhere and is brought with the flow of the bloodstream to narrower arteries.
On the other hand, types of hemorrhagic stroke include intracerebral hemorrhage, which occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts and pours into surrounding brain tissue, and subarachnoid hemorrhage, which occurs when an artery or a surface near the brain ruptures and spills into the space between the brain and the skull.
What are the common symptoms of a stroke?
The technical part of a stroke is tricky, but they are important to understanding how it works so that it may be treated better. That is also why it is important to take note of the signs and symptoms of a stroke, which are commonly:
- Difficulty in speaking and understanding words
- Sudden numbness of face, arm, or leg/paralysis
- A side of the face may droop
- Difficulty in walking
- Blurred or blackened vision
When these happen, the onset of symptoms should be taken note of and, of course, medical assistance should be immediate.
How do I know if someone is having a stroke?
When you are unsure if someone is experiencing a stroke, it is best to remember “FAST”:
- Face. Check if one side of the person’s face is drooping, or if it droops when they smile.
- Arms. Check if the person can raise both arms. If one drops or one is unable to move, they may be experiencing numbness.
- Speech. Check if the person can repeat a simple phrase for you.
- Time. Think fast, act fast. Call for help immediately if the person shows any of these signs. Time is of great importance when dealing with a stroke.
Fortunately, due to many advancements in technology, strokes are preventable and treatable. However, after-treatment may be quite difficult. That is why On Time Home Health Services LLC exists. We provide Home Health Services in Grand Prairie, Texas that also focuses on recovery from a stroke. We aim to provide the best for you and your senior loved ones as we also focus on Elderly care in Texas. Their full recovery is our priority.
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