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What are the Most Common Mini Stroke Symptoms?

By K T Solis
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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A transient ischemic attack, also known as a mini stroke, can cause frightening symptoms. This attack occurs when blood flow within a person's brain is blocked or decreased. Mini stroke symptoms are similar to a stroke, but the effects are temporary. Experiencing a mini stroke is usually a sign that a person will soon suffer a stroke. Mini stroke symptoms include blurry vision, numbness, confusion, dizziness, speech difficulties, and the inability to move a limb on one side of the body.

Mini strokes are commonly caused by a blood clot. These blood clots can form in the blood vessels, heart, or other part of the body. A mini stroke can also be caused by the formation of plaque in the arteries. Both blood clots and plaque interfere with the flow of blood and can cause transient ischemic attack.

When a person has mini stroke symptoms, he or she should seek immediate medical attention. This is necessary because there is no way to detect if the symptoms are temporary or the result of a stroke. If a doctor believes that a patient is suffering from a mini stroke or stroke, he or she will order a series of tests.

One test commonly administered is called a computed tomography (CT) scan. This type of test examines the brain and can detect the presence of bleeding. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is another exam that can determine if the patient's brain has suffered a stroke. Other tests, including blood tests and electrocardiograms (EKGs) may also be administered to the patient who is experiencing mini stroke symptoms.

Depending on the condition of the patient, several treatments may be required. Some patients may be prescribed blood-clotting medication that prevents a mini stroke from reoccurring. Patients with a more severe condition may require surgery to remove blockage from the arteries. Those who have other diseases that have contributed to the mini stroke will be prescribed medication to treat these conditions.

Preventing a mini stroke may be possible if patients receive regular medical checkups. A doctor can help patients control high blood pressure, a medical condition that can cause a stroke or transient ischemic attack. Maintaining low cholesterol levels and controlling heart disease are two other ways to prevent a mini stroke. Other diseases that can cause blood clots should be carefully monitored by a doctor to avoid the dangers of a stroke as well. Another important way to prevent strokes and mini strokes is to avoid smoking, as smoking can contribute to a mini stroke or stroke.

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Discussion Comments

By Denha — On Feb 25, 2011

Even mini strokes are terrifying, though maybe less dangerous than real strokes. My great aunt had a stroke several years ago. I actually think she may have had two, but it was very confusing for us to figure out because she had been living alone, and she of course did not remember what had happened, except she had fallen down, so my relatives had to take her to the hospital to actually find out.

By DentalFloss — On Feb 24, 2011

@lokilove, I think the connection is in the way smoking can increase your blood pressure and erode lungs, both of which make the heart and brain work harder than they otherwise might have to. This does not directly cause blood clots, but can make pretty much everything in the body work less efficiently, raising the risk of not only stroke, but other health issues.

By lokilove — On Feb 07, 2010

Not that smoking is a good thing, but how exactly does smoking contribute to strokes? As far as I know smoking doesn't cause blood clots or plaque build up.

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