Can You Have a Stroke and Not Know it?

Stroke Warning Signs
Posted at 11:49 AM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 11:49:43-04

A new survey from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association reveals that one in three American adults has experienced a symptom consistent with a transient ischemic attack (TIA). Despite having at least one symptom of TIA, also known as a “warning stroke” or “mini stroke”, only 3 percent of those surveyed took the recommended action of calling 911, with the majority more likely to wait, rest or take medicine.
People who have a TIA are more likely to have a stroke within 90 days. However, stroke is largely preventable and getting medical attention when signs first present improves chances of an accurate diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Dr. Mitchell Elkind discusses the new survey findings and what you should do if you suspect stroke symptoms of any kind.
How to recognize stroke symptoms, including learning the acronym F.A.S.T, as well as important risk factors and prevention measures.