May is Stroke Awareness month. Time is of the essence when you or someone you care about is having a stroke, so it’s important to know all the early signs and not just the standard ones. If someone near you has these signs/symptoms, call 911 immediately, or press the emergency button on your medical alert pendant or home security system keypad.
- Numbness, weakness, or slackening on one side of the body.
- Double vision or blindness in one eye.
- Slurred speak
- Sudden stumbling, dizziness etc.
- Unable to speak/ come up with the words to say
- Unexplainable and out-of-character confusion
- Migraine-feeling headaches (when you don’t typically get migraines)
- Chest pains and hiccups, especially in women.
It’s important to remember that if you suspect a stroke even a little bit, contacting emergency services right away is a must. You might feel like you’re overreacting, but wasting any time can make a huge difference in the ability to treat the stroke.
The American Heart Association recommends that you remember the acronym F.A.S.T: Face Drooping, Arm Weakness, Speech Difficulty, Time to call 911. It’s a great reminder, but it also helps to remember some of the less common symptoms above.
Strokes may be very hard to treat quickly enough, but they are definitely preventable. High blood pressure is the main cause, but smoking, diabetes, obesity and cholesterol are factors as well. Age increases your chance of stroke starting at age 55. If strokes have occurred in your family, you may be at risk. Learn more about prevention here.
If you’re at a high likelihood for a stroke or other emergency health incident, you may want to consider a medical alert pendant for your home so that you can alert authorities as soon as possible with the click of a button. Guardian Protection Services’ medical pendant panic button alerts our 24/7 monitoring center who will initiate a response in an average of 30 seconds.