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peo­ple at risk for heart at­tack are also at a higher risk for stroke, since the un­der­ly­ing dis­ease process – ath­er­o­scle­ro­sis – can block blood flow to the brain, just as it does in the heart. Al­though many peo­ple know that chest pain is a sign of in­suf­fi­cient blood flow to the heart, they may not rec­og­nize the symp­toms of in­ad­e­quate blood flow to the brain. As a re­sult, they can have a mild stroke and not know it. Symp­toms of a stroke (or pend­ing stroke) in­clude: Sud­den loss of vi­sion in one or both the eyes. Sud­den on­set of weak­ness, numb­ness, or tin­gling on one side of the body. Sud­den droop­ing of one side of the face. Sud­den dif­fi­culty with speech or bal­ance. Sud­den con­fu­sion. Stroke ex­perts en­cour­age any­one who ex­pe­ri­ences the symp­toms of stroke to seek med­i­cal help im­me­di­ately. If you wait to see whether the symp­toms will pass be­fore seek­ing help, you risk suf­fer­ing ir­re­versible brain dam­age.

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