Did you know that a person’s risk of stroke almost doubles every decade after age 55? Caregivers and seniors must be aware of this potentially fatal condition.
Here are some facts, tips, and other important info to help individuals prevent strokes and respond to strokes in the best way possible.
The Basics of a Stroke
What is a Stroke?
A stroke happens when blood flow to part of the brain is cut off. The cells in the brain that do not receive oxygen via this blood flow will die. The dead cells in the brain can no longer operate, meaning whatever functions they performed prior are damaged or lost.
Types of Strokes
- A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a brain aneurysm bursts or a blood vessel in the brain leaks.
- An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain is blocked by a blood clot.
- Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs) are “mini-strokes,” when brain blood flow stops only briefly. These are caused by blood clots.
Who is at Greatest Risk of Stroke?
Some stroke risk factors are not preventable. For example, risk of stroke increases with age, especially after age 55. Women are more likely to stroke than men, and African Americans are at higher risk than Caucasians. Other risk factors can be managed, reduced, or prevented entirely. For instance, Individuals with blood and circulatory diseases, like diabetes or arterial disease, are at greater risk. Those with unhealthy lifestyles, especially obesity or lack of exercise, are also more likely to have a stroke.
For more information and tips on stroke awareness, ! Marketing Monthlies are a great source of information, and they are also available as PDFs so you can distribute them to clients, their family members, and prospects.
(Source: The American Stroke Association)