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What is a silent stroke?

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Some people have strokes without realizing it. They're called silent strokes, and they either have no easy-to-recognize symptoms, or you don't remember them. But they do cause permanent damage in your brain.

If you've had more than one silent stroke, you may have thinking and memory problems. They can also lead to more severe strokes.

From: Silent Stroke: What You Need to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Ralph Sacco, MD, chairman of neurology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; past president, American Heart Association.

American Stroke Association: "TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack);" "Life's Simple 7;" "Ischemic Strokes (Clots);'' and ''Learn More Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms."

Sacco, R.  . May 7, 2013. Stroke

American Heart Association: "Spot a Stroke."

Stroke Connection: "Healthy People and 'Silent Strokes.' "

Das, R.  . June 26, 2008. Stroke

Prabhakaran, S.  . Sept. 26, 2007. Neurology

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 3, 2017

SOURCES:

Ralph Sacco, MD, chairman of neurology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; past president, American Heart Association.

American Stroke Association: "TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack);" "Life's Simple 7;" "Ischemic Strokes (Clots);'' and ''Learn More Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms."

Sacco, R.  . May 7, 2013. Stroke

American Heart Association: "Spot a Stroke."

Stroke Connection: "Healthy People and 'Silent Strokes.' "

Das, R.  . June 26, 2008. Stroke

Prabhakaran, S.  . Sept. 26, 2007. Neurology

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 3, 2017

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