A stroke is a medical emergency that can happen to anyone, but it’s more common among older adults. In fact, it is the leading cause of disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the elderly. In this blog we discuss the common signs of a stroke and also talk about what you can do while waiting for emergency services to arrive.

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is blocked. This can happen as the result of a blocked artery or a ruptured artery and is sometimes called a brain attack.

A stroke is serious and life threatening. It is a medical emergency that requires urgent treatment to minimise further damage to the brain and to improve the persons change of recovery.

How to identify the signs of a stroke?

The most common signs of a stroke are:

There are other signs as well including:

It’s important to note that people may experience different symptoms depending on the severity of the stroke or the location of the stroke.

Get help as soon as possible

Being able to identify the signs of a stroke is important. If notice any sudden change in the persons behaviour or abilities and you suspect a stroke seek urgent medical attention.

A stroke can cause severe disability or even death. Time is of the essence and the sooner the person receives treatment, the better their chances of recovery.

What immediate action can you take while waiting for emergency services to arrive.

Stroke risk factors increase as people age. These may include:

Prevention is the best cure. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, and managing medical conditions such as high blood pressure and cholesterol can reduce the risk of stroke.

Remember every minute counts so if you suspect a stroke it is essential to act fast.

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