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What Are the Signs of a Stroke?

By Nick Paciello, 9:00 am on

Many signs of a stroke are easily mistaken for normal symptoms of aging. However, strokes can be deadly, which means certain symptoms need to be addressed right away. If your senior loved one suddenly experiences any of the following issues, Henderson stroke care experts recommend he or she receives medical attention immediately. 

Weakness

A sudden numbness in your loved one’s arms, legs, or face should not be taken lightly because this could be a sign of a stroke. You should take your loved one to a physician immediately for any unexpected weaknesses he or she experiences, especially if the weakness occurs on one side of the body. If your loved one is unable to lift his or her arm, or if one side of the face begins to droop, these may be signs of a silent stroke. 

Problems with Vision

While aging can induce eye conditions that have been known to cause vision loss, this could also mean a stroke is occurring. Any sudden vision blurs your loved one experiences should not be taken lightly. Narrowing of vision is also a sign of a stroke. When your loved one’s visual field narrows and he or she can only see what is in front of him or her, it is time to visit the doctor for urgent treatment.

Trouble Communicating 

Unexpected speech slurs should not be blamed on old age because they could be due to a stroke. When your loved one has difficulty understanding what you are saying, this communication issue could also be a warning sign. If your loved one cannot form words correctly during your conversations, you should contact the doctor as soon as possible.

Issues with Balance 

Stumbling or the sudden loss of motor skills could be signs your loved one is having a stroke. It is imperative you take your loved one to see a physician immediately if he or she is experiencing a sudden loss of balance or any unexpected change in normal physical abilities.

If your loved one has experienced a stroke, providing the right in-home support can help him or her with recovery and reduce the risk of additional strokes. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers are expertly trained in stroke care and can assist your loved one with navigating the house, bathing, grooming, and much more. For more information on home care Henderson families trust and to schedule a complimentary consultation, call one of our experienced Care Managers at (702) 527-7723 today.