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Recognizing the Warning Signs of a Stroke

When a blood clot or torn blood vessel cuts off oxygen to the brain during a stroke, disability or even death can result. However, getting help within the first 60 minutes of the stroke can greatly decrease your elderly loved one’s risk of dying or having long-term complications. Since knowing the signs of a stroke can help save your loved one’s life, the Las Vegas stroke care experts at Home Care Assistance want to share some of these signs with you.

Facial Drooping or Numbness on One Side of the Body

Depending on which side of the brain lost its blood supply during the stroke, the nervous system on the side the brain controls will lose its function. This causes one-half of the face to lose its muscle tone and droop. Your loved one may also experience complete paralysis, difficulty controlling hand muscles, and numbness, or may fall when trying to walk or stand. 

Difficulty with Speech

If the portion of the brain that controls speech loses its blood supply, your loved one’s speech will be affected. He or she may begin slurring words, experience confusion, or be unable to form the words he or she wants to say. In addition to having difficulty speaking, your loved one may not understand what you are saying as well, which can result in fear and confusion.

Sudden and Severe Headache

A 2010 study published in the Handbook of Clinical Neurology found between 7 and 65 percent of people who had a stroke remember experiencing a headache. In most cases, the headache was brought on without any warning or triggers. Most headaches resulting from strokes are felt in the forehead. However, the location can vary depending on what part of the brain is affected.

Trouble Seeing in One or Both Eyes

If blood is cut off to the occipital lobe, which controls vision, your loved one may experience blindness and blurred vision or report seeing double. A stroke occurring in the right side of the brain will affect the left eye, and a stroke in the left side of the brain will affect the right eye. Occasionally, a stroke can affect the entire brain and result in impaired vision in both eyes.

If your loved one is a stroke survivor, his or her recovery can be made easier by the help of a professional stroke caregiver. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers can keep your loved one safe while assisting with mobility, bathing, cooking, and many other tasks that can be challenging for someone who has experienced a stroke. In addition to stroke care, we also offer specialized care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. For more information on at-home care Las Vegas seniors can benefit from, call one of our experienced Care Managers at 702-550-3185 and schedule your free consultation.