Recognizing the Signs of a Stroke

It is important for everyone to be able to recognize the signs of a stroke. Even if your senior relative has a professional that provides home care provider that is trained in recognizing the signs, it is important for everyone in the family to recognize them as well. This is the best way to ensure your senior’s safety no matter who they are with at the time of the stroke.

What is a Stroke?

A stroke is an attack in the brain is caused by a blood clot that is blocking an artery. This could cause the blood flow in the brain to be diminished, which is what causes brain cells to become damaged or possibly die. Most strokes are an emergency, making it important to be able to recognize the signs.

Acting FAST

According to the National Stroke Association, remembering the term FAST will help you recognize what to do in the event of a stroke:

F – Look at the person’s face – does one side droop, especially when smiling?

A – Look at the person’s arms – are they able to lift both arms or does one droop down?

S – Listen to their speech – does it sound slurred or is it difficult to understand them?

T – Time to act fast! If any of the above symptoms are present, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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