Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability, especially for those over the age of 65. Many factors influence stroke risk, including blood-pressure levels and smoking cigarettes, but age remains one of the most readily identifiable risk factors. Treatment and care for those who have suffered a stroke have improved tremendously in the last several decades, however, prevention and early medical intervention remain critical areas for combating stroke. Every caregiver in Clearwater should learn about the different types of stroke and be able to recognize the symptoms.
Types of Stroke
The most common type is ischemic stroke, which accounts for about 87 percent of strokes. This type of stroke is the result of a blood clot in the brain. The clot stops blood flow to part of the brain, resulting in brains cells not receiving the oxygen they need to survive.
A sub-type of ischemic stroke is called a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). These result from temporary clots that may dissipate without intervention. TIA strokes are a serious warning sign that a more serious event may occur.
A less common type of stroke is a hemorrhagic stroke caused by bleeding in the brain. This type of stroke is likely to cause severe damage than a stroke caused by clotting. High blood pressure is a major contributing factor for hemorrhagic stroke.
Signs a Senior is Having a Stroke
There are over dozen symptoms of stroke. Leading Clearwater post-stroke care provider, Home Care Assistance, has focused on the most common.
- Sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the face or body
- Slurred speech
- Mental confusion or inability to understand speech
- Difficulty swallowing
- Sudden vision loss on one or both sides
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Difficulty walking or maintaining balance
- Sudden headache
Two of the best defenses against age-related health concerns like stroke are a healthy diet and regular physical activity. The caregivers at Home Care Assistance in Tampa Bay use the Balanced Care Method to ensure seniors eat well, remain physically and socially active, and maintain a sense of purpose as they age. Learn more about the services available in Tampa by calling (727) 330-7862 and scheduling a free in-home consultation.