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Different Types of Strokes Seniors Can Experience

By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on

Strokes are prevalent among seniors and treatment options will vary from individual to individual. Physical therapy and Palm Desert in-home stroke care will most likely be required after an elderly person experiences a stroke, depending on the type and severity of the condition. The following are three major types of strokes that have different symptoms and warning signs to watch out for.

Ischemic Stroke 

It is estimated that 80 percent of strokes are ischemic and are caused by blood clots that become stuck in an artery and blocks blood flow, and therefore oxygen, to the brain. One of the most common risk factors for having an ischemic stroke is high blood pressure. Warning signs of an ischemic stroke include difficulty with speech, loss of feeling on one side of your body and noticeable changes in balance and vision. These symptoms will most likely occur first thing in the morning or at night, which is why seniors would benefit from having live-in home care Palm Desert families can trust around the house 24/7.

Hemorrhagic Stroke 

About 15 to 20 percent of strokes are hemorrhagic strokes. This type of stroke occurs when a blood vessel explodes within the brain and the steady blood flow is disrupted. The prognosis for seniors who have a hemorrhagic stroke isn’t ideal. The symptoms of a hemorrhagic stroke include extremely painful headaches, partial or complete loss of consciousness, and nausea and vomiting. The symptoms of a hemorrhagic stroke usually come on abruptly and need to be addressed immediately. 

Transient Ischemic Strokes 

Approximately 10 percent of strokes are transient ischemic attacks, otherwise known as mini-strokes. These occur when a blood clot gets stuck in an artery, breaks off, and then travels through the circulatory system until it is lodged in a blood vessel within the brain. A transient ischemic stroke can happen days, weeks and even months before the onset of a major stroke. The symptoms your senior loved one may experience are the same as a stroke, but the symptoms will be very brief and only last for a few minutes.

If your senior loved one experienced a stroke, he or she may need help with personal care and daily activities around the house. Home Care Assistance can provide comprehensive stroke care for seniors in Palm Desert using our patented Balanced Care Method to promote physical activity, healthy diet, and socialization. With a steady balance of these and other aspects home care, it is our hope to improve senior vitality and instill a sense of calm and purpose. Call an experienced Care Manager today at 760.345.0001 to learn more about how home care can help your senior loved one.