Getting to the hospital at the first sign of stroke is the best way to minimize its impact. But what if a stroke occurs without symptoms? This phenomenon, known as silent stroke, causes damage to the brain without the normal outward signs typically associated with stroke. In fact, your senior loved one may not even be aware he or she has experienced a stroke. Because the risk of silent stroke increases with age, leading Las Vegas stroke care provider Home Care Assistance cannot stress enough how important it is to learn more about how to prevent and treat this type of occurrence.
Causes of Silent Stroke
There are three primary types of silent stroke, each with a different cause. Ischemic stroke, the most common, occurs when a blood vessel to the brain becomes blocked. Hemorrhagic stroke means a blood vessel to the brain weakens and ruptures, and lacunar infarcts are when one branch of a blood vessel is blocked, often by a lesion.
Risk Factors for Silent Stroke
Age is the primary risk factor for silent stroke. Those at higher risk also include people who have diabetes, experience atrial fibrillation, smoke cigarettes, have sleep apnea, or who have hypertension and/or metabolic syndrome.
Symptoms of Silent Stroke
Though telltale stroke signs like speech and motor problems are not present, silent strokes typically cause memory loss and are a risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease. If you or your loved one’s Las Vegas caregiver notice sudden memory lapses, both short and long term, it’s possible your loved one had a silent stroke.
Diagnosis of Silent Stroke
If your loved one has unexplained cognitive decline, talk with his or her doctor. A silent stroke could be the culprit. Physicians typically diagnose silent stroke using imaging tests such as MRI or CAT scans.
Prevention measures for silent stroke are the same as those for other types of stroke. Ensure that your loved one eats healthfully, exercises if it’s safe for him or her to do so, and takes steps to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol.
If your loved one needs help eating better and living a more active lifestyle, a caregiver might be the answer. Home Care Assistance caregivers can run errands, do light housework, grocery shop, cook, provide mobility support and emotional support, offer companionship, and promote an overall healthy lifestyle. Give us a call at (702) 550-3185 or click here for more information on the services near you.