If you’ve had a stroke, you are a candidate for a second stroke. The statistics are pretty clear. Each year, about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. Out of that number, 185,000 are recurrent strokes. Strokes caused by carotid artery blockages, hardening of the arteries in the brain and untreated atrial fibrillation (a quivering or irregular heartbeat) have a higher risk of striking again.

    But following your doctor’s orders, taking your medications correctly and making lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of a second stroke. You don’t have to live in fear, but always be prepared. Here are a few possible red flags:

    • If you’re a survivor who deals with slurred speech and you suddenly have problems finding words, this could indicate a stroke in a different part of the brain.
    • If you have one-sided weakness and suddenly get weak in another part of the body, you could be having another stroke. Additionally, any weakness that gets worse can signal a problem.
    • If you suddenly can’t perform a task that was previously easy, get checked out.

    Educate your family and caregivers about possible warning signs and have a plan in place. If you live alone, you should be able to dial 911 on your own. But, don’t delay and don’t drive yourself to the hospital!

    Written by American Heart Association editorial staff and reviewed by science and medicine advisers. See our editorial policies and staff .

    What happens when you have a second stroke?
    In one study, 39% of second strokes were fatal (2). Within 4-5 years after a stroke, 18% of patients will have another one (3,4), and 17% will suffer from a heart attack or vascular death (4). In other words, within 4-5 years after surviving a stroke, 35% of patients will die or have a life-altering CV event. more
    Does a mini-stroke mean you will have a stroke?
    A TIA usually lasts only a few minutes and doesn't cause permanent damage. Often called a ministroke, a TIA may be a warning. About 1 in 3 people who has a TIA will eventually have a stroke, with about half occurring within a year after the TIA . more
    Is a silent stroke the same as a mini stroke?
    A silent stroke differs from a transient ischemic attack (TIA). In TIA symptoms of stroke are exhibited which may last from a few minutes to 24 hours before resolving. A TIA is a risk factor for having a major stroke and subsequent silent strokes in the future. more
    What is the difference between a mini-stroke and a mild stroke?
    A transient ischaemic attack or TIA is also known as a mini-stroke. It is the same as a stroke, except that the symptoms only last for a short amount of time. This is because the blockage that stops the blood getting to your brain is temporary. more
    What is the difference between a small stroke and a mini-stroke?
    A transient ischaemic attack or TIA is also known as a mini-stroke. It is the same as a stroke, except that the symptoms only last for a short amount of time. This is because the blockage that stops the blood getting to your brain is temporary. more
    How long after a mini-stroke can you have a stroke?
    Experiencing TIA is a warning that you may be at high risk for a stroke. To address this risk, it should be treated immediately. One out of every three people who experience TIA end up having an ischemic stroke within one year of the TIA. Often, the stroke occurs within a few days or weeks following the TIA. more
    How long do stroke symptoms last before a stroke?
    Stroke symptoms typically last more than 24 hours, and may or may not resolve, even with therapy. Some stroke symptoms may never resolve or get better. TIA symptoms last for a short time. Symptoms can begin to resolve in about 1 to 5 minutes, which is typical, but some may take about 24 hours to resolve. more
    What can cause stroke like symptoms but is not a stroke?
    Conditions That Look Like a Stroke
    • Seizures.
    • Migraine.
    • Low or High Blood Sugar.
    • Bell's Palsy.
    • Brain Tumors.
    • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
    • Conversion Disorder.
    • Sepsis and Other Infections.
    What looks like a stroke but is not a stroke?
    One of the most common stroke mimics is a seizure, which researchers believe account for as many as 20% of all stroke mimics. Other common stroke mimics include migraines, syncope, sepsis, brain tumor and metabolic derangement (low sodium or low blood sugar). more
    What causes stroke like symptoms but is not a stroke?
    “Under the age of 50, most stroke mimics are migraines, epilepsy, seizures, multiple sclerosis or high blood pressure that causes swelling in the brain,” he said. “Over the age of 50, most patients experiencing a stroke mimic are the result of epilepsy, metabolic derangement or a mass lesion in the brain.” more
    What causes stroke symptoms but not a stroke?
    Low or High Blood Sugar Low blood sugar can look a lot like a stroke. You may feel like you're just not all together mentally. You might feel clumsy or not be able to move one side of your body. And it can make you dizzy, give you tingling around your mouth, and cause a headache. more

    Source: www.stroke.org

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