Every year, 150,000 people experience a stroke (cerebrovascular accident). More than half of this population is over 75 years old and almost 75% of those who survive a stroke suffer medical consequences afterwards. Is it possible to prevent strokes?
Strokes: what are the favorable grounds?
Anybody can suffer from a stroke, however medical research has defined “risk” populations, with favorable grounds for a stroke. The 10 major risk factors are:
- Alcohol consumption
- Lack of physical activity
- High blood pressure
- Unhealthy or unbalanced diet
- High cholesterol levels
- Heart conditions, such as atrial fibrillation
Some of these factors can be avoided simply by aiming for a healthier lifestyle. For people who suffer from medical conditions that favor strokes, early screening is essential in order to put the appropriate treatment in place and prevent a stroke: ask your doctor!
Stroke warning signs
A stroke is not necessarily sudden and violent: signs can appear unexpectedly or very progressively. Therefore, there are signs that you should keep an eye on, even though they can seem benign at first:
- Face drooping, or even a sudden paralysis on one or both side(s) of the face or mouth, a sudden loss of vision on one or both eyes.
- In the limbs: a sudden weakness in an arm or leg. It can start with light numbness that turns into complete paralysis. The person’s balance is impaired, they feel dizzy, and often experience a fall.
- Speech becomes unintelligible, conversations are confused and chaotic, there can be troubles with enunciation, and even a total inability to speak.
Life after a stroke
The consequences of a stroke can turn out to be a handicap in the person’s daily life: motor disability that implies weakness and paralysis (total of partial) are common.
- Make it easier for the person to move around their house: set up ramps and handles, make the passing areas wider, get rid of obstacles (like rugs), improve lighting…
- Lower the risk of fall in the rooms that represent hazard , like the bathroom for instance: set up handles, an adapted bathtub or a walk-in shower, non-slip coating…
- Finally, know that many daily life items have a disability-friendly version. Ask an occupational therapist to set up a friendly environment for your relative.
It is possible to prevent a stroke; and it is also possible to react before consequences become serious. A lot of people have to live with the aftereffects of a stroke: sometimes light and almost invisible, other times heavier and requiring increased monitoring. Improve your relative’s safety and peace of mind with a Weenect GPS tracker.