Stroke Warning Signs You May Not Be Aware of – “Other Signs and Symptoms”
A mini-stroke, known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA), indicates a higher risk of a life-threatening stroke.
The symptoms of a mini-stroke can resemble those of a stroke, which can come on suddenly.
Symptoms of a mini-stroke and stroke, as indicated by the NHS, may include:
- Face – The face may droop to one side, the person may not smile, the mouth may droop, and the eyelid may droop.
- Arms – A person may not be able to raise both arms and hold them in that position due to weakness or numbness in one arm.
- Speech – Speech may be slurred, or it may be distorted, or the person may not speak at all despite appearing to be awake.
When a mini-stroke occurs, the effects last only a few minutes or hours and completely disappear within 24 hours.
In any case, if you experience the symptoms of a mini-stroke, no matter how brief they may be, you should tell your doctor.
There may be “other signs and symptoms” of a mini-stroke that require immediate medical attention.
Symptoms can range from problems with balance and coordination to dizziness and confusion.
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Signs of a mini-stroke may include complete paralysis on one side of the body, sudden loss or blurred vision, and difficulty understanding what others are saying.
What causes a mini stroke?
The NHS explains: “TIAs happen when there is a temporary interruption in the blood supply to part of the brain.
“In a TIA, the blockage is removed before any significant damage occurs. A complete stroke cuts off blood flow to the brain for much longer.
“This leads to more severe brain damage and long-term problems.”
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Mini-strokes are usually caused by a blood clot that has entered the blood vessels supplying the brain.
Risk factors for a mini-stroke include:
- Poor nutrition
- Lack of Exercise
- Excessive drinking
- high cholesterol
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Atrial fibrillation.
Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which abnormal electrical impulses in the heart lead to an irregular heart rhythm.
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Consequently, the heart muscle works less efficiently, which can lead to:
- Feeling weak
- Rapid and irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
- I feel very tired.
Irregular heart rhythms affect up to 800,000 people in the UK and are more common in people with high blood pressure, coronary heart disease or diabetes.
With atrial fibrillation, you are five times more likely to have a mini-stroke or stroke.
“This is because when the atria in the heart do not contract properly, there is a risk of blood clots,” the NHS explains.
“Atrial clots can break off and travel to other parts of the body. A blood clot that enters the arteries supplying the brain can cause a stroke.”
The Stroke Association said many people will feel “well” after a mini-stroke, but stressed, “It’s vital to get immediate medical attention.”
People are at greatest risk of stroke in the first days after a mini-stroke.
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