• pat stuart pat stuart
    August 07, 2008
    What might you smell before a stroke?
    pat stuart pat stuart
    August 07, 2008

    Do patients report a smell of burning toast prior to a heart attack or prior to a stroke? If there are no other symptoms, just a smell of something burning such as toast or hair, could this be a symptom of a stroke or heart attack?

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  • Amy Tudor
    Health Guide
    August 17, 2014
    Amy Tudor
    Health Guide
    August 17, 2014
    Hi there, Pat -   I know this is a very old question, but I did want someone from our staff to answer you!    I found this article to the "burnt toast/hair" smell issue related to strokes, which states that this is a misconception about stroke. The author does say, however, that since a stroke can affect many parts of the brain, it's possible that it could trigger some sort of "phantom smell" in the person having the stroke.   I hope this answers your question! Here are some links from our site that might be useful:   Sunshine to Lower Blood Pressure Have High Blood Pressure? Don’t Eat These Foods 10 Things to Do This Month to Lower Your Blood Pressure   There is a fairly common misconception that if you smell something that is not there (such as burnt toast) it is a sign of a stroke. This is not true. However, because a stroke can occur in any region of the brain, the sense of smell can be affected. Rather than smelling something that isn't there, though, it's more likely that the ability to smell anything will be hindered or that your response to smells is altered.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/list_6312453_smell-signs-stroke.html There is a fairly common misconception that if you smell something that is not there (such as burnt toast) it is a sign of a stroke. This is not true. However, because a stroke can occur in any region of the brain, the sense of smell can be affected. Rather than smelling something that isn't there, though, it's more likely that the ability to smell anything will be hindered or that your response to smells is altered.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/list_6312453_smell-signs-stroke.html There is a fairly common misconception that if you smell something that is not there (such as burnt toast) it is a sign of a stroke. This is not true. However, because a stroke can occur in any region of the brain, the sense of smell can be affected. Rather than smelling something that isn't there, though, it's more likely that the ability to smell anything will be hindered or that your response to smells is altered.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/list_6312453_smell-signs-stroke.html There is a fairly common misconception that if you smell something that is not there (such as burnt toast) it is a sign of a stroke. This is not true. However, because a stroke can occur in any region of the brain, the sense of smell can be affected. Rather than smelling something that isn't there, though, it's more likely that the ability to smell anything will be hindered or that your response to smells is altered.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/list_6312453_smell-signs-stroke

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