Dystextia An Early Sign Of A Stroke? Misspelled Texts Cautioned As Precursors To Heart Attack

Alap Naik Desai - Author
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Dec. 19 2014, Updated 2:47 a.m. ET

Youth today is more prone than ever to send texts that are really hard to decipher, and could cause a grammar fanatic to have a heart attack. However, medical practitioners are cautioning that it is the sender of these garbled texts who could be at a heightened risk of a stroke.

It is considered part of human nature today to make gross grammatical mistakes and even misspell most of the words in a text. On multiple occasions, the receiver may have attributed these errors to the sender’s large thumbs or over dependence on autocorrect. However, doctors are wary that if the succeeding texts turn out to be gibberish, these may be more than just human error, reportedYahoo! Health.

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Dystextia is a medical phenomenon characterized by garbled text messaging. Doctors are now beginning to suspect a strong link between dystextia and stroke. They feel those people who are repeatedly sending garbled texts could be experiencing the early warning signs of a heart attack, reportedFox News.

So far, only four people out of the millions who send texts have been actually diagnosed with dystextia. However, the British Medical Journal reported about a woman who had been sending incomprehensible text messages to her son, and eventually ended up having a stroke. Another case involved a pregnant woman who was eventually diagnosed as having signs of a heart attack by sending weird and hardly understandable text messages to her husband.

Doctors haven’t been able to precisely point out the main reason for dystextia, but they feel that given the condition shares similarities with writing in longhand, it’s possible that different sections of the brain may be malfunctioning. Since humans need motor skills to hold the cell phone properly and type the texts, the failing of one section could indicate the impending failure of another. Other possible symptoms are dizziness, loss of balance, weakness, and confusion.

While linking garbled texts with early warning signs of a heart attack might seem farfetched, anything that can offer a sign of impeding stroke is welcomed by doctors. Acute heart attack or stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Hence assessing the condition of the person based on the texts he or she is sending could be mean the difference between life and death.

Though doctors and scientists are still a long way from coming up with a reliable algorithm or an app that could reliably predict if the sender of the garbled texts is prone to a heart attack, they can now confidently pursue one more option.

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