In honor of May being National Stroke Awareness Month, I would like to share a number: Eighty.
According to the National Stroke Association, that’s the percentage of all strokes that can be prevented. Eighty percent.
To me, that’s quite remarkable… and inspiring. If I have even a one percent chance of ensuring that I, or someone I love, can cut out the possibility of a debilitating or fatal health event, I’m going to take it.
Stroke.org has a great, interactive tool to help you determine whether you have risk factors for stroke, but one of the key risks is age itself. In fact, the risk of stroke doubles every decade after age 55.
Age isn’t exactly preventable, of course, but at Home Instead Senior Care of Central Oregon, our CAREgivers are trained to help with other common risk factors such as blood pressure, diabetes care and diet to help seniors lower their chances of having a stroke or a repeat stroke significantly.
If you suspect someone you love has had a stroke, timing is key. An easy method to remember is the FAST model:
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift down significantly?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
Time: If you observe any of the above signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Make sure to note the time when the first symptoms appear because there is an FDA-approved clot buster medication that might help reduce long-term disability for the most common types of strokes.
There have been so many advancements in stroke prevention and treatment in the last several years. To learn more, visit: www.stroke.org, contact Home Instead Senior Care of Central Oregon at 541-330-6400, or Like us on Facebook.
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