Medical Emergency Buttons Offer Quick Help for Strokes


Strokes are difficult to prevent, but only a medical emergency button can help you receive the help you need. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Furthermore, more than 75 percent of stroke victims are over the age of 65.

Strokes occur when blood flow to the brain ceases. There are two main ways this may happen.

  • Ischemic stroke is when a blood clot or cholesterol blocks off an artery. 
  • Hemorrhagic stroke is caused by bursting blood vessels. 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) report that some people may be genetically predisposed to weak blood vessels that increase the risk of strokes. Family history of strokes, high cholesterol, diabetes, unhealthy lifestyles, and atrial fibrillation are all known to increase the risk of strokes. An individual's chance of having a stroke also increases as they age.

If you are at risk of having a stroke, investing in a medical emergency button is a good idea. These devices can allow you to request help with the push of a button. Additionally, most strokes cause the person to collapse, which can create additional injuries as a result of the fall. Alert1 offers medical emergency buttons with added fall detection to help in these situations. Strokes are scary events, but you can increase your chances of receiving help with a medical emergency button.

Getting Help Quickly Key to Stroke Recovery

If you or a loved one experiences a stroke, it can be difficult to identify the event as such. Unfortunately, getting help quickly is critical for someone having a stroke. The National Stroke Association recommends acting FAST if you observe the following signs:

  • Face – can the person smile?  Has one side of their face fallen?
  • Arms - can the person raise both arms and hold that position?
  • Speech - is the person’s speech slurred?
  • Time - time to call for help if you see any of these three signs.
If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms press your medical emergency button immediately. With strokes and other major health events, it is better to err on the side of caution. The call center personnel on the other end of your medical emergency button can connect you to emergency services, a friend, or a family member who may be able to assist. 

Medical Alert Provides Emergency Assistance Quickly

Home Medical Alert Device

Older adults who live alone or are alone for several hours each day should consider a medical emergency button. This device allows individuals to contact emergency services if they experience symptoms of a stroke. Help can be reached at the touch of a button, via a wearable medical alert pendant, and emergency responders will be able to help even if the individual cannot speak.

The risk of another stroke is the highest in the first few months following the first attack, according to the NIH. A medical emergency button can provide added assurance that help can be reached quickly if a stroke victim experiences another attack, is injured in a fall, or needs medical assistance for any other reason.  


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