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July 16, 2021 – 10:42 Clock

Dutch study predicts stroke patients

A Dutch study now claims: Stroke patients show telltale signs up to ten years before they get sick. For several years, a team of researchers followed patients on whom each of the volunteers completed a series of mental and physical tests. The performance of future stroke patients begins to deteriorate ten years before the event.

Stroke symptoms need to be recognized in good time

A total of 14,712 people were accompanied by a research team from the Erasmus MC University in Rotterdam for a Dutch study for almost 30 years. The patients were examined from 1990 to 2016 and the whole thing was evaluated up to the current publication.

The result: people show telltale signs up to ten years before their stroke, reports the Daily Mail. They experienced more rapid mental decline and decreased ability to do everyday tasks such as banking or cooking. This knowledge is important because it makes it possible to recognize your risk in good time and, as a result, to adopt a healthier lifestyle or already take medication.

This is how the study went

Each of the study participants completed a series of mental and physical tests at the beginning and a few years later, such as language fluency or reaction times for memory. In addition, the participants had to rate their assessment of their washing, cooking, cleaning and financial management skills. This was followed by an interview, reports the Daily Mail.

During the study period, 1,662 participants already suffered a first stroke at an average age of 80 years. The analysis found that their performance in the previous tests differed from those who had not had a stroke up to ten years before the event. Two to three years before the stroke, on the other hand, there were differences in the ability to perform basic and advanced daily tasks.

Stroke: Support for Young People Affected

These people are most at risk

According to the study, there is a tendency that women, those with lower academic degrees, and people with a gene linked to Alzheimer’s are most at risk. After the stroke, the patient’s performance deteriorated further. Dr. Alis Heshmatollah of Erasmus MC University told Daily Mail: “The accelerated decline in cognition and daily performance before a stroke suggests that people with a future stroke will suffer from an accumulation of damage within the brain years before the acute event” .

However, the study, published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, did not examine differences in stroke type or severity.

Stroke Risk & Symptoms

In the case of a stroke, it is important on the one hand how to prevent it as much as possible and on the other how to react if someone has a stroke.

Significant Risks include: old age, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, stress and the (frequent) occurrence of strokes within the family.

Symptoms express themselves, among other things, with a sudden numbness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body. This can be followed by sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding. Sudden changes in vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes, difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, and severe headache with no known cause are also signs of a stroke. In such cases, call the emergency services, because every minute counts here. (law)

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