Am I at risk of suffering a stroke?

A stroke is an acute illness of the brain which leads either to an obstruction of an artery that supplies the brain with blood, or to bleeding into the brain tissue. Often there are advance warning events with fleetingly occurring symptoms like vision problems, sensory disturbances, signs of paralysis, impaired speech or dizziness. These events are called transient ischaemic attacks (TIA). As neurologists, we investigate possible risk factors for the occurrence of strokes and can initiate prophylactic measures in case of constrictions or calcifications in the area of the brain arteries.