Can You Suffer a “Silent” Stroke?

You might know that it’s possible to suffer a heart attack and have no idea until after the fact. “Silent” strokes are a reality, too.

The American Heart Association estimates that as many as a quarter of octogenarians (a person who is 80-89) may have had one or more strokes where they did not experience any noticeable symptoms.


The strokes are often learned about later during brain imaging for other reasons.

Silent strokes are often caused by low blood flow in one of the smallest arteries in the brain. They can occur without noticeable symptoms if it impacts a part of the brain that is not responsible for major movements or vital functions.

Instead of producing typical stroke symptoms like weakness or paralysis in the limbs or trouble speaking, it may, at most, lead to symptoms like regular clumsiness or random memory lapses, things that can easily be attributed to age or anything else.

That can be scary. Just because a silent stoke might not be noticeable, it may leave you at risk for a more significant episode with more severe consequences.

Preventing silent strokes is similar to what you would do to prevent a large stroke or heart attack. It includes having a heart-healthy strategy for living aimed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular episodes like heart attacks and strokes.


Using tools like diet, exercise, weight management, not smoking, and limiting alcohol can help lower cardiovascular risk factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Try to include as many fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and whole grains in your diet as possible. Also, try to feature lean proteins at least once or twice per day to help encourage nitrous oxide production that may enhance blood flow. Healthy fats, like omega-3’s, found in fish, and unsaturated fats from nuts, olive oil, and avocado, are helpful too.

Being aware of silent strokes and heart attacks can help with preventative measures.

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.


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