After drama about Melanie Müller (34)
How to recognize a stroke
Melanie Müller shocked her fans with her stroke diagnosis. Blick spoke to a neurologist about recognizing the signs.
Shock for Melanie Müller: She suffered a stroke.
Melanie Müller (34) suffered a stroke. That happened in July, but the Ballermann star only went public with it for fear of a shitstorm.
It’s rare for someone her age to have a stroke. “For 30 to 34 year olds, the incidence is around 20 per 100,000 per year,” explains Andreas Luft (50), senior physician at the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Zurich, to Blick. In Switzerland, 16,000 women and men are affected by a stroke every year.
These are signs of a stroke
Melanie Müller’s stroke occurred while she was driving. She spoke on the phone and got very upset, she says. Then she heard a “whining” in her ear and finally couldn’t get out of the car herself.
What are other signs? “Acute, i.e. hemilateral weakness occurring within seconds, including hanging corners of the mouth, numbness when touched, speech disorder, blindness to one side, double vision and dizziness,” explains physician Luft.
Permanent deficits after stroke
A stroke can have serious consequences, because these symptoms can also become a permanent deficit. Most of those affected are over 60 years old, but there are other risk factors: According to Luft, these include high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes and physical inactivity. (bsn)