Family Caregivers Can Help to Prevent a Stroke
Family caregivers can reduce their loved one’s risk of stroke by following a few best practices. Consulting with your loved one’s doctor about their risk of stroke can ensure that all of the standard preventive measures are being taken. Make sure your loved one has a yearly general physical and that all routine preventive care steps such as screenings for cholesterol and glucose blood labs are being completed. If your loved one is already at risk of stroke consider equipping them with automatic fall detection and emergency response device for safety. In case, they do have a stroke and you are away and you and emergency responders will be notified if they fall. If they start to feel dizzy, lightheaded or experience any other symptoms help is only the press of a button away.
Important Facts About Strokes for Family Caregivers to Know
- Stroke kills about 140,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 out of every 20 deaths.
- Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every 4 minutes, someone dies of stroke.
- Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.
- Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability.2 Stroke reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
9 Things Family Caregivers Can do To Help Prevent a Stroke for a loved one.
1. Know Your Loved One’s Blood Pressure
2. Make sure their doctor is checking for atrial fibrillation
3. Support loved ones with quitting smoking
4. Limit alcohol availability in the house and reduce consumption
5. Check with their doctor about glucose levels and diabetes risks
6. Assist loved ones managing a healthy diet and exercise routine
7. Ask their doctor about any signs of blood circulation problems
8. Make sure their cholesterol is screened annually
9. Discuss with their doctor about an ultrasound screening for carotid artery disease if concerned
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