The stroke they didn’t know they had
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
They’re called silent strokes – the kind people don’t realize they had, because silent strokes don’t create devastating symptoms. But they are worth worrying about; they raise the risk of future strokes.
Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine did brain scans of middle-aged people who thought they were stroke-free, and found evidence of silent strokes in about 11 percent.
These folks also had higher scores on a screening test based on risk factors for stroke.
Researcher Sudha Seshadri says the findings mean people should pay attention to controlling stroke risks.
``It re-emphasizes the importance of adhering to the American Heart Association and other guidelines.’’ (7 seconds)
The study in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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Last revised: May 7, 2011