The scary reason you should always take your hiccups seriously

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Even though hiccups come and go, they're always pretty annoying. But sometimes they're painful, embarrassing and downright persistent. They're definitely not fun, but they're definitely not the end of the world. Though loud and harmless, you spend your time researching bizarre ways to get rid of it.

Except, however, closer research has revealed the dangerous side of hiccups. Though rare, hiccups may be symptomatic of a stroke. Other symptoms include your entire body going numb, blurred vision and chest pain. But often, these warnings are overlooked because of the 'severity' of the hiccups.

So, the takeaway is to be cognizant of the rest of your body. Are the hiccups from eating too fast, or are they something more serious?

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Stroke risk factors and stroke symptoms

Strokes are more common among the elderly, with the chance of stroke nearly doubling each decade after the age of 55. 

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Stroke risk is greater in those whose immediate family members have had a stroke, and a stroke can be a symptom of various hereditary disorders.

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The risk of death from stroke is higher in African-Americans as they also have higher risks of complications like high blood pressure and diabetes. 

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Women are also more likely to die of a stroke, possibly due to factors such as birth control usage and pregnancy complications.

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Strokes are more likely in people who have already suffered a stroke or a heart attack. 

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Southeastern states are also called the "stroke belt" states, as strokes are more common in this area. 

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Alcohol abuse can lead to many problems, including strokes. 

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Speech difficulties are a major symptom of someone who has had or is having a stroke.

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Possibly the most noticeable sign of stroke is the drooping of one side of the face, or face numbness.

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Weakness on one side of the body is another symptom of a stroke. 

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