What is a Silent Stroke?

Caregiver in Waxhaw NC: What is a silent stroke?

Caregiver in Waxhaw NC: What is a silent stroke?

When most people hear the word “stroke” they think of a noticeable and traumatic event that sometimes leads to disability.  However, experts say that between 8 and 11 million people in the United States have silent strokes each year—and many don’t even know it.  Silent strokes are so common, and so often undiagnosed, that researchers believe they account for 97 percent of all strokes suffered in the U.S. per year.


What are the Symptoms of a Silent Stroke?

Like a stroke, a silent stroke occurs when the supply of blood to a part of the brain stops suddenly.  The result is an area of the brain that is damaged and appears on a scan as scar tissue, a white spot, or an area of vessels that are bleeding. The reason they are called “silent strokes” is because they occur with no noticeable symptoms.


How are Silent Strokes Discovered?

Most people will never know they’ve had a silent stroke unless they have a brain scan. Though they don’t have noticeable symptoms at the time of occurrence, silent strokes can cause problems with memory or movement.  Sometimes a doctor can tell that a person has had one or more silent strokes without a brain scan.


Why are Silent Strokes Dangerous?

Silent strokes are dangerous because they are an indicator that a person is at higher risk for suffering a symptomatic stroke.  Doctors also believe that people who suffer from silent strokes are more at risk for cognitive problems, including dementia.


What Can Be Done to Prevent Silent Strokes?

The risk factors for silent strokes include:
-High blood pressure.
-Diabetes.
-Smoking.
-High cholesterol.
-Irregular heartbeat also called atrial fibrillation.


Receiving treatment
for medical conditions will help lower a person’s risk for stroke.  In addition, there are many lifestyle changes that can lower the chances of a person having a stroke, including:
-Eating a healthy, balanced diet.
-Being physically active.
-Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
-Quitting smoking.
-Avoiding drinking too much alcohol.


Can an Elder Care Provider Help with Stroke Prevention?

If your parent has been told they’ve had a silent stroke or if they are at risk for stroke, an elder care provider can help them reduce the risk.  Elder care providers can prepare healthy meals and snacks for your parent so that they are not simply eating whatever is easiest.

Elder care providers can also help your parent to be more physically active by encouraging them to go for walks or engage in other types of exercise.  Sometimes seniors are afraid to exercise because they fear falling or injury, so having an elder care provider present may ease that fear and make it more likely that your parent will exercise.  An elder care provider can also drive your parent to medical appointments to ensure their health is monitored and remind them to take medications the doctor may prescribe.

If you or someone you know needs a caregiver in Waxhaw, NC, contact the caregivers at Affordable HomeCare.  We provide quality and affordable care for many disabled and elderly loved-ones in our community.
Call us at (704) 323-5454 for more information.

Sources
Silent stroke you need to know
Silent Strokes Found Accidentally
ABC News Health

About Ted Nagraba

I am the Owner of Affordable HomeCare of Charlotte, North Carolina. Affordable HomeCare provides an alternative to the traditional solutions of nursing homes or other retirement institutions. Now, even with physical limitations, you can live the most independent and enjoyable life possible. With our personalized live-in or hourly care, you can continue to live in the comfort of your own home.
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