According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, killing approximately 137,000 people each year. Although a stroke can happen at any age the risk increases as we get older, which is why it is important for assisted living and residential care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a stroke.
The National Institutes of Health emphasize that the signs and symptoms of stroke vary based on the type and severity of the stroke, and the part of the brain that is damaged.
The National Stroke Association recommends watching for these signs and symptoms:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
If you notice any of these signs or symptoms call 9-1-1 immediately.