A stroke is a serious medical condition. It’s defined by the fact that there’s been a blockage in blood delivery somewhere in the head of a person, and a part of the brain doesn’t get the blood full with oxygen and nutrients during that time. If there’s not an intervention very fast, then a part of the brain tissue might die out. And a lot of bad things can ensue after this event that will make the quality of life of the stroke victim miserable. It can even result in death.

While anyone can get a stroke, old people are especially prone to it. And the surprising things is that they aren’t even on the lookout for the symptoms. In a study done on multiple stroke victims, it was shown that more than 50% of the cases the people weren’t even aware of the symptoms of a stroke occurring to them for the second time.

As you might imagine, this delayed the time between the onset of the stroke and the receiving of medical care. And this can in turn prove to be fatal at times.

What all old people need to be aware of all of the time, is the symptoms of a stroke. Most victims report a feeling of numbness in one side of their bodies. Perhaps they can’t lift their right arm. Or their lip drops low on one side. A slurred speech and difficulty in speaking is another give-away sign. If a person can’t pronounce words properly then it might mean he has a stroke, and you should intervene immediately.

The best thing you can do is to call 911 as soon as possible and the professionals do their thing. Luckily, if there’s not a long time span between the onset of the stroke and the treatment, then the patient may perform a full recovery. They’ll retain all of their bodily functions the way they were before the stroke. So the most important thing is to not fell inconvenience at the thought that you might need to go to the hospital immediately because you might be having a stroke.

The potentially deadly effect a stroke can have on you will by far offset any inconvenience that you might feel. After a stroke the patient may end up having to go through therapy in order to reclaim his former condition. It’s possible however that the patient should not recover no matter how long the treatment lasts. This is the sad case with strokes, but it’s the truth.

So exercise caution at all times. Exercise daily and eat healthily, and this will keep your mind young and protected from strokes. And if you happen to suspect that you might be having a strong, then do not make the potentially fatal mistake of postponing to call 911. It can spell the difference between life as a disabled person, or even death, and life as a healthy, strong person.