Perhaps you’ve known people who have had a stroke. If you know multiple people, they may have each been affected differently. Part of the reason for the differences is just that, well, people are unique and may be uniquely affected by health problems. However, part of the reason for the differences may also be that there are different types of strokes.
If an older adult in your family has had a stroke, learning about the kind of stroke they have had can help you to know what to expect as they recover.
Ischemic stroke is the most common form of stroke, with 87 percent of all strokes being ischemic. An ischemic stroke occurs when the flow of blood to the brain is obstructed by a blood clot. The clots are often the result of a piece of the fatty deposit that builds up on the insides of blood vessels breaks off. Ischemic strokes can also occur when blood vessels become too narrow due to plaque buildup. This causes the blood to collect and form a clot.
Ischemic strokes can either be embolic or thrombotic. An embolic ischemic stroke is one in which a blood clot travels from another part of the body to the brain. A thrombotic ischemic stroke happens when a blood clot forms in one of the blood vessels in the brain.
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
A TIA is sometimes called a “mini-stroke” because the restriction of blood flow typically lasts less than five minutes. This does not mean that a TIA is not serious. It is a warning sign that a more serious stroke may be imminent.
A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a blood vessel in the brain leaking or breaking. When that happens, the blood that escapes places pressure on brain cells and damages them. A hemorrhagic stroke can be the result of an aneurysm or of high blood pressure. There are two kinds of hemorrhagic strokes, intracerebral and subarachnoid. An intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke is one in which an artery in the brain breaks and the blood flows into the surrounding tissue. A subarachnoid hemorrhagic stroke is when the bleeding happens between the tissues that cover the brain and the brain itself.
Regardless of the type of stroke the older adult in your life has had, hiring a homecare provider to assist them during recovery could help. A homecare provider can help them by doing the things they cannot because of the damage done by the stroke. For example, a homecare provider can help them to dress if they are unable to because of mobility issues. They can also prepare meals, clean the house, and do laundry. In addition, a homecare provider can remind the older adult to take medications and drive them to medical appointments.
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Aaron spent 5 years working for Intel Corporation in Chandler, Arizona right out of college until he ventured off on his own. Aaron has owned and operated successful small businesses for the past 10 years.
Aaron is currently the CEO and owner of Devoted Guardians a Non-Medical In Homecare Agency covering the entire Phoenix valley. Aaron has been CEO since 2012 and running businesses since 2005.