• pat stuart pat stuart
    August 07, 2008
    Burning 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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  • Susan August 08, 2008
    August 08, 2008

    I am a nurse and I have honestly never heard this, please check with you doctor

  • Amy Tudor August 17, 2014
    Amy Tudor
    August 17, 2014

    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. 

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  • cactusrosenaz July 02, 2015
    July 02, 2015
    I am a nurse and a Paramedic and had never heard of anyone smelling something burning prior to a stroke until day before yesterday. We went on a call for a relatively young stroke patient (42 yo male). His wife stated he'd been smelling cigarette smoke the past few days even through no one smoked in their home. That stuck in my head and intrigued me so I've been searching the web looking to see if that may possibly be a precursor to stroke. READ MORE
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