Five ‘silent’ stroke symptoms to be aware of – they can be ‘much more damaging’
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. This can be caused by various reasons, such as a blood clot or a ruptured blood vessel. Whatever the cause, a stroke requires immediate medical attention.
The main signs that someone is having a stroke are widely known, and the acronym “act FAST” serves as an easy way to remember them.
However, there are less obvious signs to look out for – the so-called “silent” symptoms of a stroke by cardiovascular disease experts Vital Heart and Vein.
The health authority explains: “Many people are aware of the obvious signs of a stroke, such as excessive facial drooping due to relaxed muscles, but the fact is that there can be asymptomatic stroke symptoms.
“This means that it is entirely possible to have a stroke without even noticing it.
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“However, the outcomes of a stroke can have a huge impact on the human body, including permanent damage to the brain and brain cells.”
He warns: “A stroke followed by lesser-known or less obvious symptoms can sometimes be much more devastating to the brain and body as a whole.
“Those who don’t know they’ve had a stroke may go longer without treatment to prevent stroke.”
Vital Heart and Vein lists five symptoms of a silent stroke:
- Sudden loss of balance
- Temporary loss of essential muscle movements (including bladder)
- Slight memory loss
- Sudden mood or personality changes
- Problems with cognitive skills and abilities.
“At any time, if any of these asymptomatic symptoms are noticed, an ambulance should be called immediately,” the message says.
“Even if a person claims that symptoms no longer occur, medical attention should be sought as soon as possible in case of delayed complications after a stroke.”
The most common stroke symptoms to be aware of when using the Act FAST abbreviation are:
Face – The face could droop to one side, the person could not smile, or their mouth or eye could droop.
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Weapon – A person with suspected stroke may not be able to raise and hold both arms in this position due to weakness or numbness in one arm.
Speech – their speech may be slurred or distorted, or the person may not speak at all despite appearing to be awake; they may also have trouble understanding what you are saying to them.
Time – It’s time to dial 999 immediately if you notice any of these signs or symptoms.
There are two main types of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic.
Ischemic strokes are much more common, accounting for about 85 percent of cases.
They are caused by a blood clot in the brain.
While a hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that feeds the brain ruptures.
If you think you or someone you know is having a stroke, dial 999 immediately.
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