The Signs and Treatment of a Stroke

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Strokes affect many Americans – 795,000 each year, to be exact. The majority of those are seniors ages 65 and older, which is why Vista Prairie Communities has put together an informational guide about the symptoms and treatments of a stroke so you know what to expect if it happens to your loved ones.

Symptoms
Often times people who are having a stroke do not realize it because of the injuries the stroke causes to the brain. Stroke victims have the best outcomes if someone around them is able to identify the symptoms and act fast. The symptoms of stroke are distinct because they happen quickly:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking due to dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

If you notice someone experiencing the symptoms listed above, call 911 immediately.

Treatment
The most common type of strokes can be treated with medication that dissolves the blood clots that are obstructing blood flow to the brain. Patients should be treated within three hours of having a stroke, but it is recommended that the patient get to the hospital within the first 60 minutes. Stroke patients who receive medication within three hours of the start of symptoms are at least 30 percent more likely to recover with little or no disability.

Prevention
There are many risk factors that can increase your chances of having a stroke:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol

The best defense is a healthy body. Remember to visit your doctor regularly – especially if you have a history of high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

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