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Silent strokes raise dementia risk

2:13 PM, Apr. 5, 2013
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A stroke is a major event capable of striking you down in your tracks. A stroke can also be silent, with no symptoms and no noticeable after-effects.

A stroke typically occurs because normal blood flow from the heart to the brain has been blocked because of narrowed arteries and a blood clot that becomes trapped at the blockage. Without blood and oxygen, brain cells become unable to function and quickly die. Changes in memory, thinking and personality are often among the after effects.

A silent stroke is a small blockage, usually in a limited area of the brain that does not involve major ...

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