Strokes are terrifying. It feels like they strike out of nowhere. And then nothing is ever the same again.
One day, you’re healthy and vibrant, taking in all life has to offer and loving every minute of it. The next, you’re wondering if you’ll ever be able to walk or talk again.
A stroke can rob you of your physical abilities, your independence, and even your life. In fact, stroke is one of the nation’s leading causes of both disability and death.
But most frightening of all is that it’s always seems like they’re unstoppable. Until now, that is. Because one report reveals how that might not be the case at all for certain types of stroke.
We may be able to stop a stroke BEFORE it starts. Because while strokes might appear to strike out of the blue, the study finds that’s not always the case.
You could get a warning, hours, or even DAYS ahead of time. You just have to know what to look for.
Early stroke warning signs to look for
You probably have heard the key signs that indicate a stroke before.
They’re called “FAST” for:
- F: Face drooping on one side
- A: Arm drops, also generally on one side
- S: Speech struggles
- T: Time to call 911
When those symptoms appear, it’s pretty obvious something has gone badly wrong, and you need emergency care.
But there’s another kind of stroke, with similar symptoms, only much milder. And for many folks, it “goes away” so quickly they can sometimes wonder if anything happened at all.
It’s called a transient ischemic attack, better known as a “mini” stroke. And while it might seem alarming for a moment, most people don’t seek help because of how quickly the symptoms pass.
They dismiss it. And victims often blame it on fatigue… dehydration… or the old “must’ve been something I ate.”
1 in 4 recalls early warning signs
Don’t dismiss those “FAST” symptoms, no matter how mild they are or how quickly they pass. Because the new study finds this could be your first warning sign of a coming, full, massive stroke.
And that means it’s your BEST CHANCE to stop it from happening.
The study finds that nearly one in four stroke survivors could recall “mini” stroke symptoms before the big one hit. They just didn’t realize what it was at the time.
Of those who recalled the mini-stroke, 17 percent said it happened earlier in the day of the “full” stroke, while 9 percent felt it the day before.
Most of the rest said it happened at some time in the week leading up to the attack That means you could have up to a seven-day head start.
In other words, DON’T ignore the signs, even if they clear up quickly. Call your doctor, or get to the ER. Getting proper medical care could help you avoid a stroke. And should it still strike, earlier treatment could help preserve function such as speech and mobility.
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