KEEPING A LOOKOUT FOR THIS WARNING SIGN COULD POTENTIALLY HELP YOU REDUCE YOUR RISK.
For many people, monitoring your health usually comes out of a concern for a major heart issue. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds—with many going undetected.
Fortunately, being aware of certain risk factors can make it easier to address any issues before any medical emergencies arise. And according to a new study, there’s one symptom that could predict a stroke 10 years before it even happens. Read on to see which warning sign you should be on the lookout for.
A rapid mental decline can predict a stroke a decade before it strikes.
A recent large study from Erasmus MC University in the Netherlands published in the Journal Of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry assembled 14,712 participants and tracked them for up to 28 years between 1990 and 2016.
At the beginning of the study and every few years thereafter, participants underwent a series of forensic interviews and physical tests that gauged everything from memory, speaking abilities, and reaction times to how well they could handle daily chores such as cleaning, managing personal finances, and cooking.
Over the course of the study, 1,662 of the participants suffered a first stroke at the average age of 80. After matching each person who had a stroke with three participants who did not, comparisons of the forensic and physical tests showed that participants began showing a decline in their mental performance up to a decade before the actual stroke took place.
Certain advanced tasks became more difficult 2 to 3 years before a patient’s first stroke.
Besides a 10-year lead time on cognitive decline, parsing the data showed some other potential warning signs. Results found that differences began to emerge in participants’ abilities to perform basic and advanced daily tasks two to three years before they suffered their stroke.