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INFOGRAPHIC: 6 Signs of a Stroke

By Michelle Cemental

If you are caring for a loved one who is high risk of a stroke, this infographic can help you spot the signs. If you know the signs then you can provide proper assistance if someone you care for is experiencing them. 

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Someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds. And these strokes can lead to long-term disability if they aren’t treated quickly. That’s why you should know the signs of a stroke so that you can provide assistance if someone you care for is experiencing them.

Be Fast!

Balance

 Did the individual suddenly lose their balance or coordination? If someone is suffering from a stroke, they may have difficulty walking, be dizzy, or struggle with their balance.

Eyes

Ask the individual about their vision. Do they have sudden blurry vision or a loss of vision in one of both eyes? A stroke can cause someone to suddenly have trouble seeing.

Face

Ask the individual to smile. Does one side of the face droop? Seniors experiencing a stroke may have an uneven or lopsided smile?

Arms

Ask the senior to raise both of their arms. Is one arm raised higher than another? Someone suffering from a stroke may have an arm that drifts downward.

Speech

Is the individual’s speech slurred? If someone is having a stroke, they may have slurred speech. Ask them to repeat a simple sentence and see if they struggle to speak.

Time

If the senior displays any of these symptoms, it’s time to call 9-1-1. Even if they symptoms go away, you should still get them immediate medical attention.

Additional Symptoms

Seniors suffering from a stroke may also exhibit the following symptoms, although they may be less common.

  • Sudden numbness, especially on one side of the body
  • Severe headache without a known cause
  • Sudden wave of nausea and vomiting, particularly in women
  • Confusion that comes on quickly
  • General weakness or fatigue, particularly in women

If you suspect a stroke in yourself or a loved one, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1. The faster medical attention is provided, the better the chances are for recovery.

We hope that this resource can help you take control of your health and identify any signs of a stroke. If you or your loved one are a stroke risk or are recovering from a stroke, call CARING SENIOR SERVICE for more resources.

For additional information about strokes, review our resource: Warning Signs of a Stroke.

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