Are There Less Common Signs of a Stroke?

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Every two minutes, three people in the U.S. has a stroke. Every four minutes, someone dies because of a stroke. Many of these strokes are ischemic, meaning a blockage prevents blood from flowing. Catching the stroke as early as possible and seeking immediate treatment is critical. The chances of spotting a stroke improve if you are aware of some of the uncommon signs.

Elder Care Loudonville OH - Are There Less Common Signs of a Stroke?

Elder Care Loudonville OH – Are There Less Common Signs of a Stroke?

Most people know the basic signs of a stroke. One side of the face droops. The speech is slurred. Movement of one side of the body is challenging. If your parent has a stroke, you may find the left arm and leg won’t move, but the right side is fine. Those are the key signs.

Are there less common ones? There are less common stroke symptoms, but they’re easily dismissed.

Nausea and Vomiting

The sudden onset of nausea and vomiting can be a sign of a stroke. It can also be food poisoning, a fast-moving stomach virus, or excessive stress. This makes it hard to tell if the nausea and vomiting are something to be concerned about.

If your parent is suddenly sick and vomiting, it may be worth calling the doctor. Even if it turns out to be nothing, it’s better that your parent is seen by a professional than to risk it.


One of the key signs of the flu is feeling really drained and exhausted. It’s also a sign of a stroke. If your parent is exhausted and seems to have slept well. Call the doctor.


Dizziness is another hard sign to take seriously. Your parent may deal with dizziness after taking certain prescription medications. It can happen if your mom or dad’s blood sugars are low or blood pressure is high or low.

Dizziness can also be a sign of a stroke. If the gait seems off or your parent is having a hard time staying coordinated, go to the hospital or urgent care clinic to be checked.

Unable to Remain Alert

You’re talking to your mom and her thoughts keep drifting. She is unable to remain alert and focused. Call a doctor as this is one of the signs of a stroke that you don’t want to dismiss.

Muscles in One Side of the Body are Numb and Tingly or Seem Weak

You know how it feels if your foot is asleep. If that happens with one side of your mom or dad’s body or the muscles feel unusually weak, take them to the ER. That’s an early indicator of a stroke.

After a stroke, your mom or dad will need some help. There’s a chance the stroke recovery will go well and all former abilities will return, but it’s not always the case. Elder care services can help your parent during the recovery and after. Call our elder care agency to discuss how a caregiver aids your parent’s recovery.


If you are considering Elder Care Services in Loudonville OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.