The National Stroke Association has developed an easy-to-remember acronym to describe the symptoms of a stroke: FACE.
Face. Ask the person to smile … does their face droop?
Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms … does one tend to fall?
Speech. Ask the person to repeat a phrase … is their speech slurred?
Time is of the essence. If you notice any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately!
Other symptoms of a stroke include:
• Blurred vision
• Sudden problems walking
• Sudden confusion
Symptoms will vary based on the type of stroke and the severity – whether it is caused by a blood clot (ischemic stroke) or bleeding (hemorrhagic stroke). Additionally, symptoms of a transient ischemic attack (TIA) are similar to signs of a stroke, but usually disappear after 10 to 20 minutes.A stroke can come on gradually, starting as a slight weakness in your face or limbs and move to near paralysis on one side of your body.
If you think you are having a stroke, do not hesitate or wait! Call 9-1-1 immediately. The sooner you get treated, the better your chances are of preventing any complications or even dying from the stroke. Fast treatment may prevent damage to the brain or help to reduce any permanent disabilities. Additionally, if your stroke is caused by a blood clot, you treating physician may give you a medicine (tissue plasminogen activator, or t-PA) that can dissolves the clot.
If you have had a stroke and need some stroke care in your home, do not hesitate to call FirstLight Home Care. Our compassionate stroke caregivers will develop a stroke plan to take care of all your daily needs on a short term or long term care basis. We can provide you with much needed peace of mind so you can focus on your recovery and getting your strength back.