Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in America and the leading cause of disability among adults.
A stroke occurs when the flow of blood or oxygen to the brain is blocked. Without blood, the brain cells start to die and brain damage occurs. When brain cells die or become damaged because of a stroke, symptoms occur in various parts of the body. Examples of stroke symptoms include paralysis of arms, face or legs; trouble speaking; and memory loss.
Strokes can affect people differently; it depends on where the stroke occurs and how many brain cells are damaged. For example, one person might have a small stroke and only have minor problems such as weakness in arm(s) or leg(s). Other people might have a larger stroke and may become paralyzed or lose the ability to speak.
Stroke can strike anyone, regardless of their age, gender or heredity. But by attempting to lead a healthy lifestyle, one can improve the chances of not experiencing a stroke. People living with the following diagnoses are in the segment of the population with high risk factors for having a stroke: obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and those who smoke. In addition, there are other factors like drug abuse, extended use of birth control pills, and suffering from regular migraines.
If you experience any of the following symptoms don’t postpone a trip to the doctor:
-weakness in your arms or legs
-loss of balance
According to Jane Brody (2012), “Unlike a heart attack, most strokes are painless. Even if the initial symptoms dissipate they must be taken seriously.” (New York Times, 2012).
Synergy HomeCare of Edmond urges you to always pay close attention to any unusual symptoms you might experience. If you or your loved one have experienced a stroke that has affected your ability to do normal house hold chores or drive, our Synergy HomeCare Stroke RecoveryCare is just what you need. Our services are individualized to fit your lifestyle and range from hourly assistance to live-in care; whatever is needed to help you maintain independence in the familiar comfort of home and stay connected with what matters most - family and friends. Call us at (405) 254-3046 to schedule an in-depth consultation that is always free and always with no obligation.