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Stroke

14 September 2012

Mini-strokes more damaging than thought

Many people who have "mini-strokes" struggle with serious, lingering disabilities, even though the condition typically is considered too mild to treat, researchers report.

Many people who have "mini-strokes" struggle with serious, lingering disabilities, even though the condition typically is considered too mild to treat, Canadian researchers report.

"About 80% of the patients we see are in that mild stroke category; only a small proportion have big strokes," said lead researcher Dr Shelagh Coutts, assistant professor of neurology at the University of Calgary. "This is the largest proportion of patients we see."

  • F: Face weakness
  • A: Arm weakness
  • S: Speech problems
  • T: Time to call 911

 

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