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Stroke

25 March 2011

Mini strokes double heart attack risk

Having a "mini stroke," known as a transient-ischemic attack (TIA), appears to double the risk for a heart attack later, according to researchers.

Having a "mini stroke," known as a transient-ischemic attack (TIA), appears to double the risk for a heart attack later, according to Mayo Clinic researchers.

TIAs usually occur when a blood clot temporarily blocks a blood vessel to the brain. TIA symptoms are similar to stroke symptoms, but they usually resolve in minutes or a few hours and don't cause long-term disability.

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or 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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