Imagine experiencing a sudden droopy, heavy face, or not being able to move your arms and legs. Don’t mistake it for fatigue or exhaustion. It could be a sign of a mini-stroke, or TIA - Transient Ischemic Attack.
Every 1 in 3 people who suffer a TIA get a stroke at some point. TIA or Transient Ischemic Attack is a temporary blockage of blood flow to your brain. It is popularly known as a mini-stroke and is a major warning sign of a full-blown stroke.
Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of your body or feeling dizzy are some signs you should not ignore. Transient Ischemic Attack, as the name suggests, is transient in nature and lasts only briefly.
Symptoms of a mini-stroke are similar to that of a stroke, and they come without notice. Watch out for signs and symptoms like:
Mini-strokes occur when there are blood clots in your brain. However, other common causes for this condition include:
Some non-modifiable risk factors for a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) are :
The following steps must be taken if you or anybody around you is experiencing symptoms of a mini-stroke:
F for Face: Notice any drooping or uneven smile as a warning sign
A for Arms: If notice drooping arms or numbness, call for help
S for Speech troubles: If there is difficulty speaking clearly it maybe a mini-stroke
T for Time: Act on time and call for help if you notice any of the symptoms.
There are certain precautions and lifestyle changes that can help prevent the risk of a mini-stroke. Follow these simple tips to avoid a mini-stroke: