The symptoms of a mini stroke can be quite similar to those of a full stroke, and as such it is important to seek medical attention right away to determine the extent of the condition.
FACT: If you have suffered a mini stroke you are at a much greater risk of having a stroke in the future.
What exactly is a “mini stroke”?
More accurately called a transient ischemic attack, or TIA, it occurs when the supply of oxygen to a specific area of the brain is cut off. It usually lasts less than ten minutes, and symptoms are temporary, as opposed to a stroke where the effects can be permanent.
What are the signs of a mini stroke?
Depending on the blood system and area of the brain affected, symptoms of a transient ischemic attack can include:
1. Vision problems in one or both eyes, including double vision.
2. Dizziness, clumsiness and weakness.
3. Speech problems, including slurring.
4. Inability to walk, known as ataxia.
5. Sudden amnesia and/or loss of consciousness.
Although these symptoms are usually short-lived, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention if you experience one or more of the aforementioned signs. The sooner you seek medical attention the better off you’ll be.
Are there ways to avoid having a transient ischemic attack?
Yes. The risk factors for mini strokes, as well as full-on strokes and heart disease are the same. All of these conditions are brought on by blockage in the blood vessels, so you must try to avoid this situation by reducing your risk of an event.
You will find ways to lower your risk throughout this site, including a heart healthy diet with important Omega-3 fatty acids, regular exercise, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol, lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and more.
Avoid the symptoms of a mini stroke…know the risks!
We all know about lowering cholesterol, but do you know the 3 other important risk indicators?
Cholesterol – There are natural ingredients, some of which have been shown to be more effective than statins, that can significantly reduce LDL cholesterol levels, as well as decrease triglycerides and raise good cholesterol levels (something the statins don’t do!)
Triglycerides – Unlike cholesterol, your triglyceride (fat) levels are directly influenced by what you eat, so following the healthy heart diet tips on this site will certainly help lower your triglyceride levels.
Homocysteine – The easiest of the four stroke indicators to correct, elevated homocysteine levels are caused by a lack of B Vitamins in your diet. Vegetarians are at high risk for this. Learn more about lowering homocysteine levels on this site.
C Reactive Protein – A marker of dangerous inflammation in the blood, CRP levels can be kept in line with anti-inflammatory nutrients that alleviate the problem. Learn more keeping C Reactive Protein levels in check.
The symptoms of a mini stroke, although they usually subside after a short period of time, are still a major cause for concern. If you or someone you know is exhibiting the signs, call 911 and seek medical attention as soon as possible. A doctor will be able to determine the extent of damage, and prescribe the proper treatment.
Again, the most important takeaway here is that you need to do whatever you can to avoid a stroke, whether you have already had one or not. Eat right, exercise, avoid stress, limit alcohol and follow the other helpful guidelines outlined on this site.