How well do you know the symptoms of a stroke? Remember the word CONSTANT in order to quickly recall them.
• C – Confusion
• N – Numbness
• S – Severe and abnormal headache
• T – Trouble with vision
• T – Trouble with ambulation, balance, and coordination
When the stroke hits, your parent will have a hard time lifting both arms up and keeping them lifted. One side of the face will droop down. Speech will slur or become difficult to understand. The faster you can identify the stroke, the better it is. Urgent medical attention can make a difference in how well a person can recover following a stroke.
The FAST Acronym
There is an acronym that’s commonly used to aid a stroke response. F.A.S.T stands for:
• “Face” (Ask the person to smile and see if the smile is even or drooping.)
• “Arm” (Ask the person to hold up both arms and hold them in the air. Watch to see if the arms stay in the air.)
• “Speech” (Ask the person to say a quick phrase. Is the speech slurred or unintelligible?)
• “Time” (If any of the above requests proved troublesome, call 911 immediately.)
What Happens Next?
At the hospital, your mom or dad will be assessed. Stroke treatments depend on the type of stroke. An ischemic stroke is the most common and occurs when there’s a clot in a blood vessel going to the brain. In this type of stroke, a powerful blood thinner is used to break up the clot and restore blood flow to the brain. A second treatment option is to remove the clot using a stent retriever.
A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. The brain bleed causes the stroke. Blood thinners would be dangerous, so this type of stroke has to be handled differently. Surgeons need to find the rupture and stop the bleeding.
After the clot or rupture is corrected, therapy is needed to start restoring skills. Speech therapy, respiratory therapy, and physical therapy are all used to help regain mobility, speech, and swallowing.
Because the swallowing reflex can be impacted, there is a risk of your parent aspirating (breathing in) food or something into the lungs, which leads to aspiration pneumonia. If that happens, medications will be needed to help the body fight the infection. Follow-up care and therapy appointments become a regular part of your parent’s weekly routine.
After a stroke, your parent will need supportive care at home. You may opt to be the main caregiver, but you need to consider respite care services from a home care agency. Caring for a parent is stressful physically and emotionally. By taking breaks, you’re able to recharge and clear the head. Call our home care agency to discuss your mom or dad’s needs.
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