People display tell-tale signs of a looming stroke up to ten years before it happens, a study reveals.
They experience a more rapid mental decline and decreased ability to perform every day tasks, such as banking and cooking.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Spotting these early signals may allow patients to reduce their risk by adopting a healthier lifestyle or trialing new medication.
An ischemic stroke - which accounts for 80 per cent of strokes - occurs when there is a blockage in a blood vessel that prevents blood from reaching part of the brain (stock)
Researchers from Erasmus MC University, Rotterdam, examined data on 14,712 people who were tracked for up to 28 years.
Each sat a series of mental and physical tests and a forensic interview at the start of study and every few years throughout.
This included tests of memory, verbal fluency, reaction times and an assessment of their ability to wash, cook, clean and manage their finances.
During the study period, 1,662 participants suffered a first stroke, at an average age of 80.
Analysis revealed their performance in the tests began to diverge from those who did not suffer a stroke up to ten years prior to the event.
Differences in their ability to perform basic and advanced daily tasks emerged two to three years before the stroke.
Women, people with fewer academic qualifications, and those with a gene associated with Alzheimer's disease appeared at greatest risk.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The performance of stroke victims continued to fall more rapidly after the event.
Dr Alis Heshmatollah said: 'Our findings demonstrated