Early Signs Of A Stroke You May Be Ignoring
Known as the silent killer, a stroke can be mild and go almost unnoticed, or it can be major and disable or kill. Over two-thirds of people miss the signs of a mini-stroke, most of them would not seek medical attention for it, and the condition will remain undiagnosed and untreated.
This puts the person at a very high risk of having a major stroke.
One in ten people who experience a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or a mini-stroke will go on to have a full-blown stroke within a week.
Even though a stroke may be caused by a blood clot, or because of high cholesterol, if strokes are a known ailment in your family history, you should be extra aware of any symptoms of a possible mini-stroke or full-blown stroke.
What exactly is a mini-stroke?
When a portion of the brain is not getting enough blood, only for a moment. People who have had multiple mini-strokes, when examined afterward will show signs as scarring on the brain in the areas where there was blood deprivation.
This most often by a blood clot, preventing blood from reaching an area of the brain. High cholesterol can also be a root cause of a stroke, as plaque may suddenly break off and enter the brain.
This is why a stroke affects everyone differently, and why the symptoms are so varied, it depends on the area of the brain affected.
If you think you are showing the symptoms of a stroke, seek medical attention immediately.
A silent stroke medically called a cerebral infarct (SCI), is different than a mini-stroke as there are no visible symptoms. It may still cause long lasting damage affecting you.
- Severe mood shifts
- Personality changes
- Cognition (intellect, perception)
- Short term memory
- A SCI sometimes occurs before or after a mini or major stroke.
What does a mini-stroke feel like?
You may experience the following symptoms only for a moment, and then you feel normal again.
- Pins and needles sensation on one side of your body
- Facial muscle weakness
- Balance or coordination is off
- Severe headache
- Trouble seeing, blurred vision
- Speech slurring or trouble forming words
If you suspect someone or even yourself is having a mini-stroke or a full-blown stroke, follow this test and actions to make sure medical help is received immediately. Time is critical and the expediency, which a person is treated for a stroke, will determine their ability to recover successfully.
Who is more at risk to have a mini-stroke?
The majority of people who experience a stroke are over age 65. However, that is not always the case. Children, even babies can have a stroke.
You know your body best. Pay attention to changes in your body or the symptoms associated with a stroke.