Your father had just finished his routine walk after dinner and sat with you and other members of the family to have a candid talk before going to sleep. All of you are having a wonderful family time, but suddenly, a certain panic gripped you and other family members. It was a bolt from the blue.
You could notice that, your father started to sweat profusely and was having difficulty in talking. His vision was beginning to blur and he was unable to lift his left arm. All of your family members were perplexed by this sudden incident and rushed towards the old man to hold him as he was about to lose his consciousness and fall to the floor.
Your father settles down after a while.
Your family members decide to keep your father at home and consult with a doctor the next day. The next day, your physician confirms you that, your father has suffered a stroke and needed immediate hospitalization. Neither you nor your family members could even realize, your father could suffer such an ischaemic event in the brain as your father has always a health conscious patient and his diabetes and hypertension have always been under control.
But in an elderly patient, Ischaemic or Haemorrhagic strokes can show up any time and when the patient is diabetic and hypertensive, the risk is always there.
Many family members fail to recognize the warning signs of stroke and thus, get panicked rather than taking drastic measures. When the patient settles down a bit, they decide not to rush to the hospital immediately. Such an act has invited many adverse outcomes for many families.
It’s very important to know about the warning signs of stroke:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or legs on the one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, sweating, trouble speaking and understanding.
3. Sudden trouble in seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes.
4. Sudden trouble with walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
Sudden severe headache with known cause.
5. Sudden severe headache with known cause.
If the patient has vomited, then the possibilities of a haemorrhagic stroke should be kept in mind.
When you notice the above signs evident among one of your family members, friends or near and dear ones, don’t panic, but keep calm and take him or her to the hospital as soon as possible.
You might save a life.