Prior to a stroke, many patients report feeling an odd sensation. This sensation is often called a premonition. Sometimes, these premonitions can occur a few days before a stroke. So, have you ever wondered if stroke premonitions are reliable? From a scientific standpoint, they are signs that a stroke can happen.

How reliable are stroke premonitions?

Premonition is defined as a strong feeling that something is about to happen, especially something unpleasant. In some conditions, there are signs of an onset that you can notice. For example, in patients with stroke, some has reported symptoms of short term low blood supply to the brain. During recovery after a stroke, people often reflect the events before it and recall, ‘I knew something just was not quite right,’ or ‘I had an eerie feeling.’ The signs are often  tingling, hearing loss, unusual visual episodes, dizziness, nausea, headaches, confusion, clumsiness or slurred speech.

Stroke premonitions are quite common. In a study on stroke premonition in 16 patients published in The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, about 1/3 of the patients had experienced brief episodes of hearing loss and ringing in the ears, lasting only minutes, at some time between one to ten days prior to the onset of stroke. This result is consistent with many of the reported accounts of stroke patients, but because the symptoms are short-lived, they are often ignored.

How to reduce stroke risks?

If you have stroke premonition or strange, fleeting symptoms that might indicate a stroke, it is a good idea to get medical attention. An early diagnosis can help reduce or even avoid a stroke. Most commonly, these signs indicate a neurological problem that needs to be diagnosed. Some blood tests or diagnostic imaging tests might be required as part of your evaluation. In some cases, a plan for management of newly diagnosed stroke risk factors may be initiated.

To reduce stroke risks, here are a few things you could do:

  • Repair vascular disease. Vascular diseases (diseases of the blood vessels) can easily lead to a blood clot that results in a stroke.
  • Control your diabetes. High blood pressure in diabetes can cause blood vessel rupture. There for you should take diabetes medications and have a healthy lifestyle to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
  • Get medical attention for your heart disease. Get your blood pressure checked, and, if it is high, see your doctor get your blood pressure to a normal range.
  • Get medical attention for your heart disease. Having a weak heart or irregular heartbeat can lower the blood supply to your brain.
  • Stop smoking and using illegal drugs.
  • Get your blood triglyceride and cholesterol levels to normal. Changing your diet is enough to lower those levels for some people, while medication may be necessary for other individuals.
  • Adopt a stroke prevention diet by getting plenty of fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, protein and fiber.
  • Get physically active.
  • Manage your stress level.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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