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6 Common Myths About Stroke

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Help your senior loved one stay safe by learning more about stroke facts and fiction. Leading Omaha in-home care provider, Home Care Assistance, debunks 6 common myths about stroke.

Myth #1: Aspirin relieves stroke symptoms

Fact: Aspirin only helps symptoms of heart attack. Not all strokes are the result of blood clotting, some strokes are caused by hemorrhaging. If this is the case, aspirin can actually increase the severity of the stroke. The most important thing to do when a stroke occurs is to get to the hospital right away.

Myth #2: Strokes are difficult to prevent

Fact: A person can take a number of measures to help reduce stroke risk. Maintaining a healthy weight and eating a heart-healthy diet will go a long way toward preventing stroke. Cholesterol medications and medications to lower blood pressure can also help.

Myth #3: Women don’t suffer strokes often

Fact: Men get heart disease at younger ages than women, but women actually suffer strokes more often than man. However, the difference is not significant and could simply be because women tend to live longer than men.

Myth #4: Only elderly people have strokes

Fact: Almost 25 percent of strokes occur in people under 65 years of age. Younger people ignore stroke symptoms more often because they tend to believe strokes happen to elderly people and not them. The signs and symptoms of stroke are the same regardless of age.

Myth #5: Strokes have warning signs

Fact: The lack of warning is why they are called strokes. You only know a stroke is happening when it starts. You can’t feel it coming on, and a person is almost always unaware that they are going to have a stroke before it happens.

Myth #6: Strokes are hard to identify

Fact: A simple test exists to help you understand that you are having a stroke. It’s called the FAST test, which stands for facial dropping, arm weakness, slurred speak, and time to call for help.

If your senior loved one has had a stroke and needs additional help around the home, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of post-stroke home care in Omaha. Our caregivers can ensure a smooth transition from hospital to home, and help with grocery shopping, cooking, light housework, medication reminders, and mobility support. Give us a call at (402) 763-9140 to schedule a free in-home consultation. We offer 24/7 availability and can accommodate an immediate need for in-home help.