Would you like to be able to identify a stroke? Senior Home Plus explains how to protect your elderly relatives.
Stroke affects 113,000 people every year
Stroke shatters thousands of lives every year. Death, disability and strokes occur unexpectedly and disrupt the daily lives of their victims. Action against strokes has been fully operational for over 10 years. This is an opportunity to once again raise collective awareness of the phenomenon, which is essential to save lives.
What is the emergency response to stroke?
It is vital that you know what to do from the outset. It is difficult for anyone to detect the onset of stroke. And yet, the sooner friends and family are alerted, the greater the chances of recovery. Facial or arm paralysis, speech disorders, imbalance, visual impairment and headaches are the first indicators of an emergency situation.
How can I find out more about the symptoms of stroke?
This terrifying figure reminds us of the importance of being well versed in the various precursor signs of this condition, which mainly affects the elderly. Of course, strokes can occur at any age, but elderly individuals are mostly involved. Hence the importance of being able to recognise symptoms when caring for an elderly relative.
Responding quickly to a stroke or stroke symptoms
Stroke is the leading cause of acquired motor disability in adults and the second leading cause of dementia after Alzheimer's disease. When a stroke occurs, there is a 4.5 hour window in which to respond, which is why every minute counts from the very first stroke symptom onwards.
The prognosis of a stroke victim therefore depends greatly on the speed with which they are treated.
What are the symptoms of a stroke?
- Facial numbness
- Loss of strength
- Speech impairment
- Difficulty in understanding
- Leg numbness
- Sudden loss of balance
- Intense, unusual headache
- Visual impairment.
If your loved one presents one or more of these symptoms, call the Emergency Services immediately: 112 or 999 .
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