Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in America and a frequent cause of severe, long-term disability. To protect the ones we care for, every caregiver should:

  • Know the risk factors of Stroke
  • Take steps to reduce the risk factors
  • Learn the warning signs of Stroke
  • Know what to do if you notice the warning signs

Personal caregivers are in a position to quickly identify when someone is having a stroke. Stroke awareness (knowing the indicators and how to take action) can be the difference between life and death or permanent disability. The most common signs that someone is having a stroke include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing with one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, loss of balance, or dizziness
  • Sudden severe headache

If you suspect someone is having a stroke, even if their symptoms were temporarily, it is important to call 911 immediately.  It is also important to note what time the symptoms appeared if possible because some interventional medications can only be used within a given time frame.

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Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in America and a frequent cause of severe, long-term disability. To protect the ones we care for, every caregiver should: Know the risk factors of Stroke Take steps to reduce the risk factors Learn the warning signs of Stroke Know what to do if you notice...