Often asymptomatic, these are the five early signs of a silent stroke

Wednesday, September 21 2022 10:04 WIB

Editor: Hadi Ismanto

PMJ NEWS – Many people may think that stroke must have symptoms. In fact, there are also strokes that do not have clear symptoms or are commonly called silent strokes. This condition is even more common.

Silent stroke is a type of stroke that usually does not show general symptoms. In most cases, sufferers don’t even know they have the disease.

This type of stroke affects at least a third of people over the age of 70. Blood vessels can become blocked, the tissue supplied by those vessels can die.

“But the person has no symptoms so they don’t know they’ve had a stroke,” said Karen Furie, professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Massachusetts Hospital’s Stroke Services.

As reported by the Eat This Not That page, Wednesday (21/9/2022), here are five symptoms that are strongly associated with a silent stroke:

1. Cognitive Problems
Ongoing cognitive problems can be the result of a series of silent strokes. Neuroscientist Dr Shazam Hussain says if a silent stroke really starts to build up, it can affect other things like memory and thinking.

Getting into the broader topic of how a stroke can affect other things, there’s a whole subset of dementia called vascular dementia.

It constitutes a large proportion of the number of people who have dementia, and it is actually linked to a silent stroke that occurs in the brain.

2. Awkwardness
Silent strokes can also produce symptoms that you mistakenly attribute to something else, such as garden variety clumsiness or random memory lapses,” doctors Toni Golen and Hope Ricciotti said.

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How to deal with silent strokes is similar to how to reduce the possibility of a major stroke. Namely by addressing cardiovascular risk factors such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

3. Loss of Balance
Loss of balance and confusion can be other signs. According to Harvard Health, a silent stroke refers to a disease that causes no real symptoms.

Most strokes are caused by a clot blocking a blood vessel in the brain. The blockage prevents blood and oxygen from reaching the area, causing nearby brain cells to die.

Depending on the location of the clot, it can cause symptoms such as weakness in the arms or legs that can lead to falls or difficulty speaking and seeing.

4. Memory Loss
This disease can affect the part of the brain responsible for memory. Damage can get significantly worse with a few hits. “The more damage or brain injury experienced as a result of this silent stroke, the more difficult it is for the brain to function normally,” said Dr. Furie.

5. Speech Problems
Sudden difficulty speaking can be a sign of a silent stroke. It is important to consult immediately if there is concern about neurological symptoms such as weakness or difficulty speaking.

“Because these strokes put people at risk not only for future symptomatic strokes but also for cognitive decline and dementia,” said Eric E Smith, a professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.