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Format: 04/20/2014
Format: 04/20/2014


CBS-TV: Silent stroke a hidden danger

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

You can have a stroke, and not even realize it, CBS station KDKA-TV reports.

"[Patients] come in for one reason or another, and they're seen by a doctor, and they get a scan, and there they are," says Dr. Jon Brillman, a neurologist at Allegheny General Hospital.

You may have heard of a silent heart attack – that's a heart attack with no chest pain or other symptoms. Well you can have a silent stroke, too. And certain people are at a higher risk.

Usually a stroke will cause symptoms like sudden weakness on one side of the body, sudden loss of vision or double vision, trouble thinking, walking or talking, loss of balance or coordination. But that's not always the case.

"You have to tell the patient they've had strokes in the past, and the patient may be surprised. Actually the doctor may be surprised," Dr. Brillman admits.

In a study in the journal Neurology, researchers followed nearly 500 people ages 60 to 64 for four years. Eight out of every 100 had small strokes that caused no symptoms.

To read more, visit the KDKA-TV web site.

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