Hiccups can be a sign you're having a stroke

This video could save your life

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Every now and then we all suffer from hiccups.

They can be annoying and even embarrassing, but harmless right?

Well, yes and no.

See also: How to prevent a stroke

See also: Symptoms of a mini-stroke

While hiccups are very common and not normally a sign of anything serious, they can occasionally also be a sign you are having a stroke.

When a stroke affects the brain's breathing centre, it can trigger a sudden, protracted case of hiccups, more commonly in women.

This video explains.