Three Symptoms That Could Signal a Stroke
If you feel a sudden transient numbness or become unusually inarticulate, pay attention. Such symptoms may signal a stroke -- or the increased risk of a stroke -- in many more people than previously thought.
According to research published recently in the Archives of Internal Medicine, nearly 18 percent of Americans who've never been diagnosed with stroke have temporarily experienced one or more of the red flags, including sudden lack of feeling on one side of the body, sudden loss of vision, or sudden inability to express themselves. "These symptoms can be considered warning signs," says Virginia Howard, epidemiologist and lead researcher at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.