Symptoms of stroke in older people need to be recognised as quickly as possible.
The Stroke Association, in the United Kingdom confirm a stroke happens every forty seconds, and is one of the top five leading causes of death in the country.
Being responsible for the care of an older person, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of a stroke. So, the correct action can be taken as quickly as possible.
This is where River Garden Home Care can offer a huge helping hand. We have carers with a wealth of experience to support those that have suffered from a stroke. From the onset through to recovery and then after care.
One of the medical emergencies that requires the quickest action on your part is a stroke. This occurs when the blood flow is cut off to a certain part of the brain. The longer the blood flow is blocked, the more brain cells die, and the more damage is caused.
Immediate action is imperative in order to save the brain. So it is important to keep an eye out for the following symptoms, which you can remember with the acronym F.A.S.T.
F – Face Drooping – If one side of the face seems to be hanging lower than the other, this could be a sign that they are suffering the effects of a stroke. Try having them smile. This could be a better indicator of the difference in facial drooping. If the smile is lopsided or hangs lower on one side than on the other, it is time to act.
A – Arm Weakness – Many minor strokes present themselves as only a sudden weakness in the arms or legs. This weakness may feel like just that, or it might feel like a numbness that spreads along the arm. Ask your loved one to lift both arms into the air. If one of them is difficult to hold upright, and begins to sink back down, this could be a sign that the signals aren’t flowing correctly between the brain and the arm.
S – Speech Problems – Slurred speech or difficulty saying words can be another tell-tale sign of a stroke. Try to have them say a normal, everyday sentence. If they have trouble getting the words out, or their speech sounds sluggish or slurred, this means that something is very wrong. This should be attended to immediately.
T – Time – This last one isn’t a symptom, it is an imperative. Time is of the essence. Time saved is brain saved.
If you notice any of the above symptoms, call 999 immediately. Do not hesitate, and do not wait. Tell the 999 operator that you suspect that they are suffering from a stroke. This may urge them to do all they can to get someone there faster. Because they know how important it is to treat a stroke as soon as possible.
If you suspect a stroke. Don’t waste any time in calling for help by calling the Emergency Services on 999.
Always remember to think F.A.S.T.