Monday, 6 August 2007

Pay attention to stroke symptoms

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During a recent study, researchers compared the quality of life and cognitive and physical functioning of people who had suffered strokes, mini-strokes (or transient ischemic attacks), and "whispering" strokes, which mean that the patient had stroke-like symptoms, but a stroke was never diagnosed. What they found was that patients who had suffered a whispering stroke had impaired physical function and a reduced quality of life, and to a lesser extent had mental functioning that was affected as well, compared to that of those who had never had a stroke.

What this research means for doctors and patients is that even when a stroke hasn't been diagnosed, stroke-like symptoms need to be taken seriously and that more extensive testing may be indicated when a patient presents with these symptoms. Read more about whispering strokes and their symptoms here.

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