Understand the Risk of Stroke

by | Feb 5, 2016 | Resources, Safety | 0 comments

In the United States, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, killing over 133,000 people each year, and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability.  Stroke is an emergency and a brain attack, cutting off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain.


Symptoms of a stroke include:

  • –  Sudden numbness or weakness of face, an arm or a leg
  • –  Confusion or trouble speaking and understanding
  • –  Trouble seeing from one or both eyes
  • –  Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • –  Sudden severe headache with no known cause


Stroke Prevention Guidelines

  • –  Know blood pressure (hypertension)
  • –  Identify atrial fibrillation (Afib)
  • –  Stop smoking
  • –  Control alcohol use
  • –  Know cholesterol levels
  • –  Control diabetes
  • –  Manage exercise and
  • –  Treat circulation problems
  • –  Act FAST at the first warning sign of stroke


Click here for a Stroke 101 Fact Sheet from Stroke.org, the National Stroke Association.


Source: Stroke.org

About Karen Koudelka

Owner and Administrator of Virginia Home Care Partners

Her connection with seniors began at an early age. “The elderly are my kind of people.” Karen has fourteen years of professional experience in both hospice and home care, she is devoted to her mission to Love people, Journey together and Make a difference. Partnership of excellence is her pursuit and joy.

Karen is a Positive Approach to Care Dementia Certified Independent Trainer.
Walking with her father through his journey with dementia inspired her to positively impact the lives of individuals living with dementia and their families.