Every two minutes, three people in the U.S. has a stroke. Every four minutes, someone dies because of a stroke. Many of these strokes are ischemic, meaning a blockage prevents blood from flowing. Catching the stroke as early as possible and seeking immediate treatment is critical. The chances of spotting a stroke improve if you are aware of some of the uncommon signs.
Most people know the basic signs of a stroke. One side of the face droops. The speech is slurred. Movement of one side of the body is challenging. If your parent has a stroke, you may find the left arm and leg won’t move, but the right side is fine. Those are the key signs.
Are there less common ones? There are less common stroke symptoms, but they’re easily dismissed.
Nausea and Vomiting
The sudden onset of nausea and vomiting can be a sign of a stroke. It can also be food poisoning, a fast-moving stomach virus, or excessive stress. This makes it hard to tell if the nausea and vomiting are something to be concerned about.
If your parent is suddenly sick and vomiting, it may be worth calling the doctor. Even if it turns out to be nothing, it’s better that your parent is seen by a professional than to risk it.
One of the key signs of the flu is feeling really drained and exhausted. It’s also a sign of a stroke. If your parent is exhausted and seems to have slept well. Call the doctor.
Dizziness is another hard sign to take seriously. Your parent may deal with dizziness after taking certain prescription medications. It can happen if your mom or dad’s blood sugars are low or blood pressure is high or low.
Dizziness can also be a sign of a stroke. If the gait seems off or your parent is having a hard time staying coordinated, go to the hospital or urgent care clinic to be checked.
Unable to Remain Alert
You’re talking to your mom and her thoughts keep drifting. She is unable to remain alert and focused. Call a doctor as this is one of the signs of a stroke that you don’t want to dismiss.
Muscles in One Side of the Body are Numb and Tingly or Seem Weak
You know how it feels if your foot is asleep. If that happens with one side of your mom or dad’s body or the muscles feel unusually weak, take them to the ER. That’s an early indicator of a stroke.
After a stroke, your mom or dad will need some help. There’s a chance the stroke recovery will go well and all former abilities will return, but it’s not always the case. Elder care services can help your parent during the recovery and after. Call our elder care agency to discuss how a caregiver aids your parent’s recovery.