Medical Alarm Systems Can Help Stroke Victims Get Help Quickly

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States and 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, which are sometimes called "brain attacks." An individual's chance of having a stroke also increases as they age.

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Getting Help Quickly Key to Stroke Recovery

Getting help quickly is critical for someone having a stroke. The National Stroke Association recommends acting FAST if someone sees 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. 

Medical Alert Provides Emergency Assistance Quickly

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Older adults who live alone or are alone for a number of hours each day should consider a personal emergency response system so they can contact emergency services if they experience symptoms. Help can be reached at the touch of a button, via a wearable medical alert pendant, and emergency responders will be able to provide assistance 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 alert 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.