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Recognizing a Stroke

Dudley's Home Healthcare - Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Dudley's Home Health Care read this article and thought it is well worth sharing!

By the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand Inc 

What are the symptoms of stroke?

The signs and symptoms of a stroke usually come on suddenly. The type of symptoms experienced will depend on what area of the brain that is affected. Strokes in the left side of the brain affect the right side of the body. A stroke in the right side of the brain results in signs and symptoms on the left side of the body.

Common first symptoms of stroke include:

  • Sudden weakness and/or numbness of face, arm and/or leg especially on one side of the body.

  • Sudden blurred or loss of vision in one or both eyes.

  • Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding what others are saying.

  • Sudden dizziness, loss of balance or difficulty controlling movements.

A stroke can cause permanent loss of function. Just what functions will be affected and how badly depends on what part of the brain the stroke was in and the speed to and success of treatment. Common long-term effects include impaired vision or speech, severe weakness or paralysis of limbs on one side of the body, swallowing difficulties, memory loss, depression and mood swings.

How can you tell if someone is having a stroke?

By learning to recognize the symptoms of stroke you could save a life! Learn the FAST check.

Face: Ask the person to smile. Is one side of his/her mouth drooping?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Is one arm weak?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a sentence. Are their words slurred or jumbled?
Time: Act FAST and call 911.

Stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911 immediately if you find yourself, or see anyone else, suffering from any stroke symptoms. Not all strokes are sudden and incapacitating. The sooner medical attention is received, the less damage a stroke will cause. If you think it's a stroke ACT FAST. Call 911!

Even if the symptoms do not cause pain or go away quickly call 911 immediately.

National Nutrition Month

Dudley's Home Healthcare - Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Source/Credit: http://www.everydaychoices.org/eat.html

Who would have thought you could fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke … with a fork?

Many people don’t know it, but one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from these diseases is to eat a healthy diet. Whether or not you have a family history of cancer, diabetes, heart disease or stroke, what you eat - and how much you eat - can help reduce your risk. As a matter of fact, if you are one of the many Americans who do not smoke, eating well – along with being active and maintaining a healthy weight – is your best defense against disease.

Following a few simple recommendations from the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association can help you eat your way to a healthier weight – and a healthier YOU!

For more information on how you can start to make healthy choices click here!

“Heart Attack – Know the Warning Signs”

Dudley's Home Healthcare - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Source/Credit: www.iamproheart.com

The way you live each day affects your heart. An unhealthy lifestyle can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Making lifestyle changes now and being educated on this disease could save your life.

On average someone who suffers from a heart attack arrives at the hospital almost 5 hours after the onset of symptoms. Symptoms of a heart attack are often mistaken with stress or the flu. This is why it is so important to know the early warning signs of a heart attack and what to do if you experience them.

Common Early Warning Signs

Knowing these common warning signs of a heart attack could help save your life:

  • Chest pressure, tightness and heaviness
  • Pain in shoulders, neck, jaw or arms
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting
  • Paleness
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest pain

Take Action

If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Then, chew or crush and swallow an aspirin as directed by a doctor. Taking aspirin immediately at the onset of heart attack symptoms may prevent the formation of additional small blood clots blocking blood flow through clogged arteries. If that happens, heart muscle damage may be prevented or delayed, which can buy you time to get to the Hospital.

Never make excuses for heart attack symptoms or shrug them off as simply “indigestion.” Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, don’t hesitate to get help. The actions you take within the first hours after a heart attack could save your life so never feel like you’re creating a false alarm.

Dudley's Home Health Care hopes you never need this information, but thinks everyone should be prepared. 

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