Posted on Oct 23, 2019 in Senior Health
A stroke is a condition where there’s an abrupt interruption to the blood supply in the brain. This prevents sufficient oxygen and blood from reaching the brain.
Disruption of oxygen supply will cause damage to tissues and cells in the brain, long-term disability and death if not treated at once.
Stroke kills more women than men. Women also have more strokes than men. Cumulatively, stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the US.
Risk factors include the following:
So, there’s certainly plenty you can do to reduce your risk of suffering from stroke but what signs can alert you to someone being stricken by this condition?
We’ll walk you through the common symptoms right now…
Many of the signs of stroke are common to men and women including:
There are also some signs of a stroke that show up more frequently in women. These include:
Other symptoms that appear more often in men are as follows:
Here are some reasons explaining why females are at heightened risk:
Now you have a sound overview of what to look out for if you suspect someone might be suffering from a stroke, what are the different types of stroke and how do they differ?
There are 3 main categories of a stroke:
An ischemic stroke is the most frequently experienced stroke with up to 87% of all stroke cases classified as ischemic.
This kind of stroke is characterized by the blockage or narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the brain.
It happens when there is a build-up of plaque in an artery in which a blood vessel breaks off or gets blocked.
Ischemic strokes also occur due to a blood clot that restricts blood flow to the brain.
These strokes can be further sub-divided…
Otherwise known as a pre-stroke mini-stroke, TIAs comes about after a fleeting blockage of blood flow to the brain. There’s no immediate harm caused and symptoms disappear within minutes. TIAs are also known as the precursor to a major stroke.
This type of ischemic stroke shouldn’t be disregarded. The incident should be reported to a doctor so prompt treatment can be given.
13% of reported stroke cases are due to a hemorrhagic stroke.
This happens when an artery in the brain ruptures and bleeding follows. It causes severe pressure to the skull and leads to brain swelling and damage to brain tissue and cells.
Again, this type of stroke can be further broken down…
If you notice any stroke symptoms, call for help at once or bring them to the nearest hospital.
Remain calm and relax your loved one as much as possible while waiting for the ambulance.
Recovering from a stroke doesn’t have anything to do with age at all. Speed of recovery really depends on the type of stroke and the severity of the damages.
Many elderly patients suffer a number of strokes and manage to survive and recover after months of treatments and therapy. Sadly, experiencing a stroke means you’re much more likely to have another at some stage in the future.
Severe strokes can be debilitating and mortality in the over 70’s is dramatically higher.
Some good news, though…
Life goes on after a stroke. The brain heals itself. It will take time but, with a strong will and determination, complete recovery is perfectly possible.
If you’re worried about your loved one suffering from a stroke, get in touch with us here at Landmark Senior Living. Whether you want more information regarding stroke prevention or you’re interested in our assisted living facility in Beverly, we’ll be delighted to help out!