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Nova Scotia Seniors – Stroke – Act F.A.S.T.

Posted Jun 17, 2016

Stroke_WarningSigns_PosterJune is Stroke Awareness Month

OK! So you’re all sitting around the dinner table and Mom’s hand drops and she is slurring her words.

The acronym to remember is F.A.S.T.

  • F – Face –  Is it drooping on one side?
  • A – Arms – Ask her to hold them out – are they at the same height?
  • S – Speech – Is her speech slurred or garbled?
  • T – Time to act – CALL 911 – Immediately

Act Fast.

Acting fast improves survival rates and recovery. We want all our seniors of Nova Scotia and anywhere else to make it past this – happy and healthy.

Stroke is a result of interrupted blood flow to the brain – either a blocked artery stopping flow or a burst vessel. There are three types of stroke – Ischemic, Hemorrhagic or the TIA (Transient ischemic attack).

It’s important to know the signs. Sudden numbness or weakness on one side, sudden confusion and/or difficulty with speech, sudden problems seeing or blurred vision on one or both eyes.

Do not transport anyone yourself – Emergency Services is equipped to handle the emergency through the travel and then communicate with the hospital receiving staff as to the nature of the emergency.

Once taken to hospital, they should be seen right away, if not, let emergency staff know that a stroke is suspected and a brain scan will be done to determine the kind of stroke that occurred.

Be sure to bring any medications they may be taking with you and try to be aware of exactly when you first noticed the symptoms.

Stroke does not understand age.

Do not think that you are too young for one just because you are 30. Unfortunately, often doctors too don’t think of stroke if symptoms are vague and you are “too young”. Do not allow yourself to end up permanently disabled or worse because you are not insistent in having the stroke symptoms properly investigated.

We, at Always Home Homecare, have seen the effects of stroke. We have helped with recoveries, some more difficult than others and we have witnessed a few miracles.

The New York Times reports that a study by doctors at the Wayne State University-Detroit Medical Center Stroke Program found that among 57 young stroke victims, one in seven were given a misdiagnosis of vertigo, migraine, alcohol intoxication, seizure, inner ear disorder or other problems — and sent home without proper treatment.

“Although young stroke victims benefit the most from early treatment, it must be administered within four and a half hours,” says Dr. Seemant Chaturvedi, a neurologist at Wayne State who directs the program and led the study. “After 48 to 72 hours, there are no major interventions available to improve stroke outcome.”

“Symptoms that appear suddenly, even if they seem trivial, warrant a meticulous work-up,” he adds.

Having a stroke is, in no way, an automatic death sentence and there is much more that can be done now than before as advancement in treatments become available

However – proper diagnosis and fast action are the keys to survival!!

To learn more about Stroke Awareness Month and the warning signs of a stroke, visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Heart and Stroke Foundation has pioneered the use of a clot-busting drug that, when accessed quickly, can actually reverse the effects of a stroke. So for many, it’s as if it never occurred.

Help us achieve even greater results in stroke prevention, treatment and care.

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