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Stroke

Updated 30 July 2014

Beware of a mini stroke

Chances are you don't even know that mini strokes exist, however, these cannot be ignored as many people who suffer a mini stroke end up suffering a major stroke within months.

Chances are you don’t even know that mini strokes exist. A mini stroke – also called a TIA or transient ischaemic attack – occurs when part of the brain is temporarily deprived of blood and therefore oxygen. This leads to outward signs such as difficulty in speaking or moving an arm or leg on one side of the body. These symptoms may last for just a few minutes or for up to a few hours, but by definition they disappear in under 24 hours. Of great concern is that a large percentage of people who suffer a mini stroke end up suffering a major stroke within months.

  • Any sudden facial weakness or distortion eg. one side of the mouth drooping
  • Any sudden loss of limb movement eg. an inability to raise one or both arms
  • Sudden disturbed or slurred speech, confusion or difficulty understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

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