Mini stroke symptoms

A Transient Ischemic Attack, TIA, is also known as a mini stroke. It is when the supply of oxygen going to a specific area in the brain is cut off.

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This lack of oxygen lasts for less than 10 minutes and symptoms are but temporary.

The mini stroke symptoms are very similar to a full blown stroke and should be treated just the same. The extent of the condition needs to be determined as soon as possible and so medical attention is needed just as badly. The TIA symptoms depend on the blood system and affected area of the brain however, listed below are the symptoms to watch out for.

Having double vision or any problems with the vision, be it in one or both eyes; weakness, confusion, dizziness, slurring or difficulty speaking, ataxia or inability to walk, loss of consciousness, sudden on-set of amnesia …

These mini stroke symptoms are not permanent and are short lived however, if you experience any of them be sure to get medical attention right away.

Other mini stroke symptom depends on the region of the brain that is affected and although stroke is permanent the symptoms dissipate on its own such as:

Numbness on one side of the body – this could happen suddenly and affects the ability to move. Vision and speech could also be affected as well as confusion, difficulty speaking or forming words, or inability to follow simple commands. The body affected does not have to be the whole body but, more likely, parts are affected as in the arm, leg or part of the face. Difficulty speaking or loss of speech is due to the numbness on the right side of the body because speech is controlled by the left brain.

If the cerebellum is affected, the mini stroke symptoms are different because of the issues with vertebral arteries. Mini stroke symptoms of posterior circulation also known as cerebrovascular manifests by: dizziness, coordination problems or balance problems and trouble walking. When a patient suddenly falls or drops, “drop attacks”, without loss of consciousness, the mini stroke affected the base of the brain.

The loss of vision in either eye that is quickly resolved is known as Amaurosis Fugax. This happens when a debris from the carotid artery occludes one of the eye arteries, or ophthalmic arteries, on the same side, and this then stops the supply of blood to the retina. This is another mini stroke symptom and should not be taken for granted.

As mentioned, a stroke, be it mini or full blown, should be treated equally. Go to your nearest ER if a stroke is suspected or call 9-1-1. Even though the symptoms for TIA is short lived and clears on it’s own, there is no way of saying if the mini stroke does or does not develop into a full blown stroke and do it’s better to be cautious than sorry. There is but a short window of time to immediately treat or intervene during the on-set of a stroke and to administer the use of TPA (blood clot buster).

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