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.
Other symptoms that may go along with the small stroke include:
- Numbness in the arm, hand, leg or even face,
- Paralysis in the limbs,
- 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:
- high blood pressure, as already mentioned,
- Cardiac arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation or
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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