We know that strokes can cause permanent damage and even death. But, did you know that the the elderly are at higher risk than any other age group? According to the Stanford School of Medicine Stroke Center, two-thirds of all stroke victims are elderly. Many of us know the general information about the cause of stroke, but there are things that could put you at higher risk still.
There are many things you can do to prevent a stroke, including having your blood pressure checked regularly, keeping your cholesterol levels in check, quitting smoking and others. However, there has been recent research that shows there may be more, but less well known things you can do to decrease the chance of stroke.
- Seniors can have a simple test designed to detect subtle neurological problems, which may show indications of brain damage that could lead to a stroke. These indicators could be early warning signs that you are at risk.
- In some cases, stroke symptoms could be caused by over medication. To help reduce the chance of this happening, take all your medications in to the doctor and pharmacist, and have them talk to you about any known drug interactions.
- A recent study in Sweden indicates that an elderly person suffering from depression has an increased chance of stroke. If you notice any signs of depression, seek the appropriate medical attention. The faster depression is dealt with the better chance they have of recovery.
- Obstructive sleep apnea can increase the risk of stroke. Talk with your physician about the causes and treatments of sleep apnea.
For the sake of your health, or that of an elderly loved one, learn the signs of a stroke. If you notice any of these symptoms, call for help immediately.
- Difficulty understanding when someone is talking or difficulty in speaking
- Paralysis, weakness or numbness that comes on suddenly. Especially in an arm, leg or face, predominantly on one side of the body
- Severe and sudden headache
- Becoming suddenly unsteady, dizzy or losing balance
- Sudden loss of sight, dimness or double vision