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
Obviously, if someone you are with loses consciousness, you will know to call 9-1-1, but you may not know to do so if they just had slurred speech or garbled their words a bit — particularly if it only lasted a few minutes. But health experts are asking everyone to know and understand these mini stroke symptoms as the sooner a sufferer gets medical attention, the better their chances are for a quick recovery, and the more likely they will be to prevent another mini stroke or a full-blown stroke from happening in the future.

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