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Know How to Identify Stroke Warning Signs

By Mary-Frances Walsh, 8:00 am on

Strokes can cause devastating brain damage. However, the sooner a senior who is suffering from a stroke is treated, the less likely extensive, long-term brain damage will occur. As a leading provider of stroke care in Sonoma County, we know that a stroke can happen gradually or strike without warning.  Therefore, becoming familiar with the early warning signs of an impending stroke can help make sure that your loved one gets prompt life-saving medical attention if they do experience a stroke.

  • Headache – A headache that occurs suddenly without any other known cause can be an early warning sign of a stroke. The pain is usually severe and catches the individual off guard.
  • Confusion – Sudden disorientation to a person’s surroundings or the current date and time can often indicate that a stroke is occurring. The sudden lack of blood supply can quickly disrupt otherwise normal mental functioning.
  • Slurred Speech – Another indicator that the brain is being deprived of its oxygen supply is slurred speech. It will become difficult for you to understand your loved one in a conversation and they will likely be unaware that their speech is slurred.
  • Facial Drooping – Facial drooping occurs when one side of the face becomes uncontrollably asymmetrical to the other side.
  • Impaired Motor Function – An individual who is experiencing the beginnings of a stroke may have difficulty walking and lose their balance and coordination.
  • Visual Disturbances – Another stroke warning sign is a disruption in an individual’s vision that may present as difficulty in focusing with one or both eyes. Visual symptoms such as double vision, blurriness or blindness may also occur.
  • Dizziness – Patients who may be in the early stages of a stroke may experience a feeling of dizziness or lightheadedness. This dizziness can also be accompanied by vomiting.

If your aging loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is important to seek emergency medical help immediately. It is impossible to know whether or not the symptoms are caused by a stroke or a TIA, and if help is delayed, extensive brain damage or fatality could occur.

For more information about stroke care or senior health, visit our website today at www.homecareassistancesonomacounty.com or reach out to a Care Manager directly at 707-843-4368 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.