A silent stroke, also known as a silent cerebral infarction (SCI), is a form of stroke that presents no outward signs of illness, as explained by webmd. This is not like the abrupt onset of symptoms that characterize a stroke, such as slurred speech or paralysis. Silent strokes can have a substantial influence on brain function and overall health despite the lack of obvious symptoms.
A silent stroke may only be detected through imaging tests performed for another reason or at a normal checkup. They tend to affect people as they get older and have been linked to an increased risk of stroke and other health issues.
This article will explain what silent strokes are, how they differ from traditional strokes, and what you may do to lower your chance of having a quiet stroke.
The term "silent stroke" raises several questions.
A quiet stroke is a form of stroke in which there are no outward signs of the condition. Interruption in cerebral blood flow is the root cause of this condition, which leads to brain tissue death. Both a clot obstructing blood flow to the brain (ischemic stroke) and bleeding in the brain can lead to what is known as a "silent stroke" (hemorrhagic stroke).
There are no outward signs of a silent stroke, in contrast to the abrupt onset of symptoms that characterize a traditional stroke, such as the inability to talk or move an arm or leg. The term "silent" is used to describe them because of this trait.
Strokes that occur without any outward symptoms are more common in the elderly and are linked to an increased risk of future strokes and other health issues. High blood pressure, diabetes, and atrial fibrillation are just some of the underlying health conditions that can be indicated by these symptoms (a type of irregular heart rhythm).
What Are the Symptoms of a Quiet Stroke?
As the name implies, silent strokes don't cause any outward symptoms, therefore they are often only found when a patient is undergoing imaging testing for something else or during a routine checkup. Such diagnostic procedures, like a CT scan or MRI, can indicate the presence of a silent stroke by highlighting damaged regions of brain tissue.
According to healthline A cognitive exam is a type of brain function testing that can detect silent strokes. The talents of the examinee's mind, including memory, language, and focus, are all put to the test. Little alterations in these skills brought on by a quiet stroke might be detectable with the use of a mental exam.
What Effects Might a Quiet Stroke Have on the Mind?
In spite of the fact that silent strokes don't cause any outward signs, they can have a devastating effect on one's cognitive abilities and overall health, all the same. Damage to brain tissue from a silent stroke can have far-reaching consequences.
The memory areas of the brain are particularly vulnerable to damage from silent strokes, which can lead to long-term difficulties with learning and recall.
Problems with coordination and balance, brought on by silent strokes, can make even routine activities like getting dressed, taking a shower, or eating a meal a challenge.
Changes in emotion: Depression, anxiety, and inability to make decisions are just some of the emotional changes that might result from a silent stroke.
Future Stroke Risk Quiet strokes are often an indicator of underlying health concerns which raise the probability of a future stroke. High blood pressure, for instance, increases a person's risk of having another stroke, even if it's silent at first.
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