6 warning signs and symptoms of the Ministry

Confusion occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, and neurological symptoms appear based on which area of the brain is affected. A mini-stroke, also known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA), is a short-term loss of blood flow that can be reversed before permanent damage to brain tissue occurs. If you have a TIA, it is important that you seek medical attention as it can be an early sign of a future stroke. In fact, one in three people who have a TIA will have a more serious stroke within 48 hours, and according to the American Stroke Association, 10 to 15 percent of people with a TIA will have a major stroke within three months. This is important information to remember.

Symptoms of a TIA are usually brief, and can easily fly under the radar, go unnoticed or just feel like fatigue or dizziness, so it’s important to recognize symptoms when they appear.

Let’s take a deeper look at TIAs to understand their causes, risk factors, stroke symptoms, and warning signs you may be missing.

What causes a mini stroke?
There are several important causes of blood clots, one of which is thrombosis. Anyone can have it, but if you have high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol, heart disease, or diabetes, your risk of having a TIA is higher. In addition, the risk of transient ischemic attack increases with age.

“There is a misconception that transient ischemic attacks can only happen to the elderly, but this is a myth,” says Anita Mehta, MD, a neurologist at Summit Health. “Transient ischemic attack and stroke can affect anyone.” In 2009, 34 percent of people hospitalized for a stroke were under the age of 65.”

Small stroke symptoms
Stroke symptoms usually only last for a few minutes. However, this does not mean that a person will not experience stroke symptoms for a long time. In some cases, symptoms can last up to 24 hours.

Common symptoms of transient epileptic seizure include:

dizziness or loss of balance
Temporary weakness and numbness on one side of the body, usually the arms or face
Speech and language difficulties
Vision problems or difficulty seeing from one eye
sudden headache
Confusion or difficulty understanding
If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Although no one wants to suffer a mini-stroke, it is a warning sign that can help prevent future strokes. Remember, up to 15 percent of people who have a TIA have a stroke within 90 days.

Stroke symptoms
A helpful way to learn about the symptoms of an ischemic stroke or TIA is FAST, which is short for the American Stroke Association.

And – sagging of the face
A- Hand weakness
s – speech impairment
T – It’s time to call 911
Small stroke treatment
If you’ve been diagnosed with a mini-stroke, these are treatments that can help reduce your risk of a future stroke, including:

Antiplatelet drugs
Anticoagulants that thin the blood
Lifestyle changes to improve cardiovascular health
Rarely, surgery may be required to correct anatomical defects that increase the risk of blood clots
Stroke prevention
Regardless of age or health status, we can all reduce the risks of taking medications by improving our cardiovascular health. You can do the following:

Avoid smoking. If you are a heavy smoker, talk to your doctor about resources to help you quit
Eat a healthy diet, including plenty of fruits and vegetables
Exercising regularly
Try to maintain a healthy weight
Final Thoughts on TIAs and Ministrokes
Understanding the warning signs, risk factors, and symptoms of mini-stroke is important for complete stroke prevention. Get regular checkups to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. Talk to your doctor if you think you may be experiencing any of these symptoms.
The Department of Neurology at Summit Health is trained and experienced in diagnosing and treating common neurological conditions, including stroke. If you think you may be at risk or would like to discuss your neurological health with a specialist, book an appointment with one of our neurologists.

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