Stroke is a devastating and potentially life-changing condition, and whilst any age group can be affected, it's the elderly who are most at risk. 69% of stroke sufferers in Australia are over 65, and the risk increases markedly with age.
Do you care for an elderly relative? Would you know if they were having a stroke? It's vital that you can recognise the signs and symptoms of a stroke as soon as possible – the quicker a victim is treated, the higher their chances are of making a full recovery.
A stroke happens quickly. Simply put, a stroke is caused by a blood clot in the brain which inhibits the supply of oxygen, causing loss of function in certain areas of the victim's body.
The main symptoms of a stroke are best-remembered by using the acronym F.A.S.T.
Other possible symptoms
The F.A.S.T. test identifies most strokes but sometimes other symptoms may occur, including:
Sometimes a person may suffer a 'mini-stroke', or TIA. The symptoms are the same as for a major stroke, but they are short-lived and quickly disappear. Never ignore a TIA; they are often a serious warning that a major stroke could occur in the near future and medical attention should always be sought immediately.
What to do if you think someone has had a stroke
If you have responsibility for caring for an elderly relative, it's vital that you understand how to recognise a stroke, and that you know what to do in the event of one. Your prompt and correct action could just save someone's life. For more information, contact an aged care provider like Evergreen Life Care.