A mini stroke is a temporary interruption (1 – 2 hours) of blood flow to the brain, also known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA).
The major difference between a mini stroke and a regular stoke is the amount of time blood flow to the brain is interrupted, since with a regular stroke the interruption is usually permanent.
An Important Warning Sign
Did you know that 20 percent of people who suffer a mini stroke have a stroke within three months?
In many cases, a TIA is a precursor to a full blown stroke. For this reason, know the major signs of mini stroke and seeking medical attention is of utmost importance – even if the symptoms only last for a few minutes and then disappear.
When you know the major signs of TIA you can help make sure your loved ones get the right medical treatment, and possibly avoid more serious medical conditions in the future. Since a TIA are can be a precursor to a full stoke, it may give medical professionals the opportunity to start treatments to prevent blood clots or to remove fatty deposits from the arteries that supply blood to the brain.
Major Signs of a Mini Stroke
In most cases, a mini stroke affects the part of the brain that controls movement. Similar to a regular stroke, this can lead to difficulties producing speech.
Here are several major signs:
- Weakness of the arm, leg, and/or face muscles on one side of the body
- Numbness of the arm, leg, and/or face on one side of the body
- Difficulties or inability to speak
- Difficulties understanding others
- Trouble seeing through one eye
- Blurry or double vision
If you or somebody else experiences one or more of these symptoms, it is imperative to immediately seek medical treatment. The sooner a transient ischemic attack is treated the better chance the patient has of avoiding long term damage.