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A Thorough Look at Different Strokes

A stroke occurs when the blood flow to your brain is blocked or suddenly reduced. Strokes are far more likely to happen to seniors, but prompt recognition and treatment can be lifesaving. After a stroke, rehabilitation and Sacramento in-home stroke care can help seniors regain physical and cognitive function. The three basic types of strokes can affect a senior in different ways, and this article will identify these strokes to explain what causes them.

Ischemic Stroke

Roughly 80 percent of all strokes are ischemic, making it the most common stroke type. It is usually caused by a blood clot lodging in an artery and blocking blood flow to the brain. Warning signs of an ischemic stroke include difficulty speaking, one side of the body losing strength or feeling, and abrupt changes to vision and balance. Age is the biggest risk factor for ischemic strokes, but high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol also make these strokes more likely.

Hemorrhagic Stroke

About 15 percent of strokes are hemorrhagic strokes, which happen when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures and disrupts blood flow. Symptoms usually involve a sudden, intense headache, loss of consciousness, vomiting, and nausea. Treatment for a hemorrhagic stroke focuses on stopping the internal bleeding and reducing pressure in the brain. Surgery is the best course of action to treat a hemorrhagic stroke.

Transient Ischemic Attack Stroke

TIA strokes are often called mini-strokes because they are short-lived. A TIA occurs when an artery is briefly blocked by a blood clot, usually one that broke off from another blockage in the circulatory system. Symptoms often include slurred speech, double vision, dizziness, temporary blindness, and weakness or numbness. TIAs can be a warning sign of an ischemic stroke. After a TIA occurs, a doctor will most likely prescribe medication to prevent an ischemic stroke.

If your senior loved one has experienced a stroke and requires assistance with meal preparation, mobility training, and housekeeping, Home Care Assistance can help. We provide comprehensive senior home care Sacramento families can count on, and our services are available 24-hours a day to suit any client’s schedule. Speak with a compassionate Care Manager today at 916.706.0169 to schedule your in-home consultation.