Don’t ignore the warning – stroke, ahead of a full blown stroke

by Marshaneil Soumi D’ Rozario | 30 MAY 2018

dont ignore the warning  stroke ahead of a full blown stroke
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Warning-Stroke is a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain. Unlike a stroke, Warning-Stroke or a mini-stroke doesn’t kill brain tissue or cause permanent disabilities. The clot may dissolve on its own or get dislodged so that it stops causing the symptoms. Despite the symptoms resolve within few minutes or 24 hours, immediate medical attention should be delivered. Ignoring the signs may signal a full-blown stroke ahead. Immediate emergency help can prevent from a long term disability or death. People getting a faster treatment can escape from any fatal outcome. The warning stroke is more benign in nature; it sets an alarm for an upcoming stroke. It should be taken seriously to avoid permanent damages.


Dr Talacheru Srinivasulu, MD, Consultant General Physician and Diabetologist from Gleneagles Global Hospitals says, “Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect you’ve had a warning-stroke. Prompt evaluation and identification of potentially treatable conditions may help you prevent a full-blown stroke. . Call your doctor if you think you are having a problem with your medicine.”


“Take your medicine exactly as prescribed. Eat heart-healthy foods. These include fruits, vegetables, and high-fiber foods. In addition, consume a food that are low in sodium, saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol” Says Dr Talacheru Srinivasulu, MD, Consultant General Physician and Diabetologist at Gleneagles Global Hospitals.


The term “warning stroke” is more appropriate for these temporary episodes, because they can indicate the likelihood of a coming stroke. Warning strokes can signal a problem that may lead to disability or further strokes which can cause death. About one-third of the people who have a warning-stroke go on to have a more severe stroke within a year.


The signs and symptoms of a Warning-Stroke:


       Paralysis in your face, arm or leg, typically on one side of your body.


       Weakness, Numbness


       Slurred or garbles speech


       Blindness either in one or both eyes. Also blur  vision


       Sudden and severe headache with no known cause.


If you are above 40 years then you are at higher resemble with those that found early in a stroke. Above listed are the symptoms of a warning-stroke that should be given serious attention.  Anyone experiencing a warning-stroke symptom should be rushed immediately to the emergency room. The risk of stroke increases with age. Survivors who undergo a Warning-Stroke after having had a stroke should be taken to critical care immediately, because something in their treatment plan it might get further critical. Blood –Thinning medicines that will help to prevent formation of blood clots will be prescribed by the doctor. People with other health conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, HBP, diabetes, peripheral artery diseases and obesity are at greater risk of warning-strokes. If having one or more of these risk factors doesn’t mean you’ll have a stroke, but your risk particularly increases if you have two or more of them. Regular health checkups and adopting a healthy lifestyle will help you to prevent such risk.

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