The symptoms are just as frightening as those for a full-blown stroke, but for the mini stroke, they may only last a few minutes. Still, sufferers of a mini stroke are at a much greater risk for having a stroke in the future, so it's important to know the signs and symptoms and seek help immediately.
A mini stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA) in medical lingo, is a temporary disruption in the flow of blood to the brain. It typically lasts from five-10 minutes but it can be as brief as one minute or as long as several hours. The best way to recognize a mini stroke is using the acronym "F.A.S.T"
F = Face Drooping
A = Arm Weakness
S = Speech Difficulty
T = Time to Call 911
Other signs of a mini stroke include:
- Double vision, or vision loss in one or both eyes
- Dizziness and/or weakness
- Slurred speech
- Inability to speak
- Sudden inability to walk
- Sudden amnesia
- Dystextia, or the sending of gibberish text messages
- Loss of consciousness
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