Understanding the Warning Signs of a Stroke – What to Look For & How to Act

All strokes are different but nonetheless devastating. For some individuals the effects can be fairly minor and may only have a few long-term effects. Others may be left with more serious and long-term effects that could hamper their quality of lives.

A stroke can be defined as an attack on the brain. Time is vital when it comes to preventing long term effects and severe brain damage, so it is crucial to be able to recognize the warning signs and seek immediate assistance. During a stroke, oxygen is not reaching the brain of the sufferer for a variety of reasons. The longer the brain is deprived of oxygen, the larger the chance of negative long-term effects.

Our home care for seniors agency in Vancouver has penned this blog post with the aim to educate others, especially family caregivers of seniors, about what stroke is and to raise awareness about the possible (warning) signs.

The 3 Main Types of Strokes | Home Care for Seniors Vancouver

A stroke occurs when there is a lack of blood supply flowing to the brain. This interruption can cause major damage to the brain cells which cannot be repaired or replaced. The effects of a stroke depend on the part of the brain that was damaged and the amount of damage done. That is why being able to identify the (warning signs) and acting swiftly is of great importance.

1. Ischemic Stroke

An ischemic stroke is caused by a blockage or clot in a blood vessel in your brain. Often the blockage is caused by plaque that builds up on the interior wall of an artery.

2. Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is considered both a mini-stroke and warning sign. A TIA is an important warning sign and should not be dismissed or ignored. Call 911 immediately! This type of stroke is usually caused by a small clot that briefly blocks an artery. Symptoms typically last less than an hour and, in some cases, can just last a few minutes.

3. Hemorrhagic Stroke

Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when an artery in the brain breaks open. The interrupted blood flow causes damage to the brain. High Blood Pressure is one of the major causes of a hemorrhagic stroke as it makes the arteries in the brain weak, which causes them to stretch and in some cases even burst.

Knowing the Warning Signs of a Stroke | Home Care Vancouver

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone else is exhibiting any of the following possible signs of a stroke:

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

Acting F.A.S.T. is very important and it involves you administering the following simple test:

F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
T—Time: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away.

This information helps physicians, first responders as well as other medically-trained professionals determine the best treatment for each person.

Please note: it is important to call an ambulance immediately rather than driving the person to the hospital yourself. Trained medical personnel can begin the life- saving treatment before the patient’s arrival to the emergency room.

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