Silent strokes can harm memory and thinking ability


Silent strokes can harm memory and thinking abilityPeople who experience symptoms such as stroke, or also called as the ‘silent stroke‘ but do not actually have a stroke are still at high risk for memory problems or a decline in thinking ability, says a study.

Silent stroke is a stroke that occurs without any symptoms or signs that is shown outside. Although there are no sign, however, the effects of silent stroke is still large enough that it can interfere with memory and reduce the ability to think. Dr. Rafael Ortiz explained that silent strokes shows no symptoms on the surface because it occurs in the brain.

“Our study emphasizes the importance of recognizing the symptoms similar to a stroke on a family and people around, although these symptoms do not last long enough. These symptoms could be a sign of increased risk of stroke or problems with thinking and memory ability,” said lead researcher Dr. Brendan Kelley from the University of Cincinnati, as reported by U.S. News (19/06).

Kelley and his team surveyed 24,000 people with an average age of 64 years who filled in a questionnaire about symptoms of stroke. They then watched the state of participants every six months for two years.

During the study, 30 percent of participants showed signs of a stroke, but did not really have a stroke. Participants were more at risk of having memory problems and problems of thinking skills than participants who did not experience a silent stroke or stroke symptoms.

Other experts explained that the key is to know the symptoms of stroke. It’s important to know the symptoms of stroke such as trouble speaking silent, dizziness, nausea, weakness, double vision, and more.