Burning Smell Before A Stroke?


Asked by pat stuart

Burning Smell Before A Stroke?

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?


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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You should know: The answer above provides general health information that is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment recommendations from a qualified healthcare professional.