Did you know that a stroke (also known as a CVA or cerebral vascular accident) often results in a wide variety of long-term effects? These effects depend upon which parts of the brain are affected.
Did you also know that many of these effects can be prevented or minimized with prompt medical treatment? There’s a small window of time during which some treatments must be started in order for them to be effective. For this reason, everyone needs to know the signs of a stroke!
First, let’s look at several common long-term effects of a stroke:
- Paralysis or weakness on one side of the body
- Difficulty speaking or understanding speech
- Emotional changes such as depression, frustration, anger, fear, and anxiety
- Impaired ability to control bladder and/or bowel function
- Blind spots in the field of vision
- Memory loss or confusion
- Difficulty swallowing
Most people who have a stroke see some improvement in these areas as a result of receiving a good rehab program. But it’s so much better to prevent these complications from happening in the first place.
Wouldn’t you do anything and everything you could to help prevent someone from living with these long-term effects? To begin with, you must learn the signs that someone may be experiencing a stroke. A great tool is the FAST scale. It shows you how to look for facial drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty as signs of a stroke. Check out this excellent resource for more detailed information.
Unsure if it’s a stroke? Always call 911 anyway, so the person can be checked out by medical professionals. Maybe you’ll save a life!