Elder Care in Bloomfield, NJ: Recognize the Signs of a Stroke

The third leading killer in the U.S. is stroke. The number one cause of long-term or permanent disability in the U.S. is stroke. Every second, every minute after a stroke that passes without treatment means that more brain cells die. When it comes to stroke, the more prompt the treatment, the more promising the result.

It is relatively simple to learn the signs of stroke. Ideally, everyone involved in care professions – including family caregivers – should know the signs of stroke. This also includes elderly home care attendants and elderly health care professionals.

Elder Care in Bloomfield, NJThere are 5 main signs that someone is having a stroke:

  1. Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, especially the face, the arm or the leg.
  2. Sudden difficulties seeing, either in one or both of the eyes.
  3. Sudden confusion, which may manifest as having trouble with either speaking or understanding what is going on.
  4. Sudden troubles with walking. This could include dizziness or loss of balance and loss of coordination.
  5. Sudden headache, very severe and without a known cause.

Studies show that, unfortunately, many people experiencing a stroke don’t get prompt treatment. This is especially true for those people who are having a minor stroke. A stroke can have lasting and serious consequences; time is of the essence when seeking treatment. Of people who have had a previous stroke, up to 1/3 of them still did not seek the necessary medical care in a very timely manner after the second stroke.

Death and permanent disability can be averted with prompt treatment using thrombolytic drugs which are nicknamed clot-busters because of their effectiveness. If you or someone you are with is exhibiting the symptoms listed above, it is essential to call 911 for an ambulance which is equipped with advanced life support. Every minute counts.

Some of the risk factors linked to stroke are diabetes, overweight, smoking, physical inactivity, stress, consuming too much alcohol, high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure. These are all preventable! That means if any of these risk factors apply to you or your loved ones, there is something you or they can do about it. That’s good news, because there are also some risk factors that you can’t do anything about.

Risk factors that are not controllable are age, ethnicity, family history and gender.

Stroke is a preventable disease. The more preventive measures people take the better. It is also essential to know the signs of a stroke, so you can save the life of you or someone else.

For Elder Care Services in Bloomfield, NJ Area call 973-287-4718, Serving Caldwell, Clifton, Montclair, Bloomfield, Nutley, Cedar Grove, Verona, Little Falls, Belleville, Totowa, Essex Fells, Roseland, Glen Ridge, West Paterson, Fairfield, Passaic

About Zack Demopoulos

Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.

Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
centered on providing top-notch care to those needing it most. ComForcare is committed to providing caregiving, resources and education to families in Northern Essex and Southern Passaic counties.