6 Warning Signs and Symptoms of a Ministroke

Most of us can easily identify a stroke. There a lot of signs that
would warrant immediate attention and we do understand that. But there
are times when all we would be able to identify is a faint stirring in
our body and we don’t think much about it. But, these stirrings can lead
to something fatal. Although it might look nothing like a real stroke,
the implications can be dangerous.

Ministrokes
are also called Transient Ischemic Attack(TIA) and can last anywhere
from one minute to a whole day. As said earlier, even though it might
not really hurt you now, it could cause a major stroke later in your
life.

Here are several signs that might help you identify a ministroke.


Neglect In Vision

A
ministroke can lead to neglected vision, among other problems. Vision
related problems are common in the event of a mini stroke, with the
victim being blinded or unable to see in one eye. But they also go
through one sided neglected vision. This makes them see only one side of
anything. For example, they may eat their food from one side of the
dish.

Numbness

Again,
this will only affect that side of the body where the ministroke took
place. They may feel weakness or tingling on the left side or the right
side, depending upon the place of the ministroke.

Dizziness

Ministrokes lead to dizziness and swooning. So, walking might not really be the best solution.

Problems in Speech

Ministrokes
can lead to problems in speech. The part of the brain responsible for
speech can get damaged, leading to severe problems. This would also lead
to problems in comprehending situations and recalling them. Added to
that is the problem of not being able to control the muscles essential
for speaking.

Headaches

Headaches
are usually discernible and their cause understood. Be it a migraine or
heat or stress, one can understand what caused it. If there are no
reasons, it can be a mini stroke.

Confusion

Mini strokes might make you completely confused about everything. You
wouldn’t be able to grasp anything happening around you. You might have
difficulty in speaking or walking, or even remembering what happened.
It might also lead to memory loss and not understanding simple actions.

In this event, time is essential. Don’t waste time, but act F.A.S.T.

Face– Ask the person to smile and check if any part of their face drops or not.

Arm– Ask them to raise their hands and see if either hand wavers or shakes a lot.

Speech– Ask them to utter a sentence and repeat it. Are the words slurry? Are they able to pronounce it clearly?

Time– Don’t waste time, call a doctor.

Someone’s life is in your hands, so don’t delay. Ministrokes might
not be fatal immediately, but they can surely wreck havoc later in life.
So, why would you take a risk when all it needs is a simple visit to
the hospital?

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