Did you know that a stroke (also known as a CVA or cerebral vascular accident) can result in a wide variety of long-term effects? These effects depend upon which part of the brain is 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 need to be given in order for them to be effective. That’s why it’s so important for everyone 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 they go through 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 of a stroke? You can start by learning 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.
Always remember to call 911 even if you’re not sure, so the person can be checked out by medical professionals. You just might save someone’s life!