Many of us associate slurred speech and impaired movement when thinking of stroke symptoms, but there is also another type of stroke that is much harder to spot. Termed a “silent stroke,” a lacunar stroke may not produce any outside symptoms — and in many cases, goes unnoticed.
A lacunar infarct (also known as lacunar stroke) is a type of stroke that occurs when one of the arteries supplying blood to the brain gets blocked. During a silent stroke, there usually aren’t any symptoms because the brain cells which control vital functions, like speech and movement, aren’t affected. In fact, very often individuals who suffer a lacunar infarct are often completely unaware they have suffered a stroke. These silent strokes, which affect an estimated 8 million to 11 million Americans each year, are generally only detected through brain scans.
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