The First Stages of a Mini Stroke: Learn about Mini Stroke Symptoms
Not everyone who exhibits stroke symptoms is having a regular stroke. Some people are actually having a mini-stroke or a TIA. Learn more about what a mini-stroke is, how to tell if you are having one, and how undergoing a cardiovascular evaluation to assess your risk for strokes and heart disease can help reduce your risk of having a mini-stroke.
What is a Mini Stroke?
Mini-strokes are the body’s way of warning you that you are at risk of experiencing a much more serious, and potentially life-threatening, health problem. They occur when the blood supply to the brain has been temporarily interrupted. Interrupting the flow of blood to the brain can cause you to experience problems with speech, vision, and mobility.
What are the Symptoms of a Mini Stroke?
Just like chest pains are associated with heart attacks. There are symptoms that are associated with mini-strokes.
Symptoms commonly associated with a mini-stroke include:
- Drooping of the face or area near the eyes
- Weakness in the arms
- A numbness that occurs in one or both arms
- Difficulty with speech
- Extreme dizziness
- Difficulty talking or forming words
- Sudden problems with swallowing
- Sudden onset of a headache
A person who is suffering from a mini-stroke may experience all of these symptoms or only a few. It really depends upon what part of the brain is impacted by the temporary interruption in the flow of blood.
If you believe you are suffering from any of the symptoms of a mini-stroke, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention. Seeking immediate medical attention is important because mini-stroke symptoms are the same as the symptoms of a regular stroke. A healthcare professional will be able to identify if you are having a mini-stroke or a regular stroke and provide you with appropriate medical care.
What is the Difference Between a Mini Stroke and a Regular Stroke?
The only difference between a mini-stroke and a regular stroke is the damage that each one causes to the body. A person who experiences a mini-stroke will not experience any lasting problems or side effects while a person who suffers a regular stroke often experiences some form of permanent disability.
Take Preventative Measures to Reduce Your Risk of Experiencing a Mini Stroke
Some people, such as those with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, have a greater chance of experiencing a mini-stroke or a regular stroke. Luckily, there are things you can do, such as taking certain medications and making certain lifestyle changes, which can reduce your risk of having a stroke.
Wondering if you are at risk for having a stroke? Call Tri-City Cardiology to schedule an appointment for a cardiovascular evaluation. Our skill physicians will assess your risk and help you come up with a preventative care plan that helps reduce your risk of experiencing a stroke or cardiac problems. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.