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Danger to life from mini-stroke

The mini-stroke or the transient ischemic attack (TIA) usually precedes a stroke. Therefore, it is all the more important to take your signs seriously and see a doctor.

How to recognize a mini stroke

The symptoms of a transient or transient ischemic attack only last for a short time, which is why those affected often ignore it. However, you should immediately see a doctor if you have the following signs:

  • You see blurry or cloudy, as if through frosted glass.
  • They go blind for a short time, sometimes also in both eyes (Amaurosis fugax).
  • They can no longer say correct sentences and twist words and letters.

Stroke self-test shows risk (Source: Thinkstock by Getty-Images)

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Other symptoms that may go along with the small stroke include:

  • Numbness in the arm, hand, leg or even face,
  • Paralysis in the limbs,
  • Dizziness,
  • Gait uncertainty and
  • A headache.

Since the symptoms often only last for a few seconds or minutes, the person concerned often ignores them. However, it is all the more important to get them sufficient attention and to see a doctor immediately. If the symptoms last longer than 24 hours, it is a “real” stroke.

Is the mini stroke attack dangerous?

“Around 40 percent of stroke patients have previously had a TIA,” says Prof. Dr. med. Joachim Röther, chief physician of the neurological department at the Asklepios Klinik Altona-Hamburg. The “right” stroke usually takes place a few days later. It is therefore all the more important to act early and seek treatment from a specialist. Therefore, take the signals seriously, even if your state of health improves again after a short time.

How does the mini stroke occur?

As with a stroke, a blood clot in the TIA releases from a narrowing in the main artery, travels to the brain and clogs an important vessel there. This closure means that organs can no longer be adequately supplied. There is a stroke.

Are you a risk patient?

If you suffer from the following diseases, you have a particularly high risk of suffering from a TIA:

  • Diabetes,
  • high blood pressure, as already mentioned,
  • Cardiac arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation or
  • Arteriosclerosis.

This will reduce your risk of having a mini stroke

At-risk patients should strictly adhere to the prescribed dosage and dosage of their medication in order to reduce the risk of an attack. Help further:

  • a healthy diet,
  • do not smoke,
  • sufficient exercise as well
  • a healthy normal weight

minimize the risk of TIA or stroke.

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