What is Mini-Stroke?
A “mini-stroke” or “transient ischemic attack” (TIA) occurs when there is a temporary drop in the blood supply to the brain. It can be caused by a variety of reasons–the most notable cause is underlying weakness of the heart. Usually, the patient experiences stroke-like symptoms, although they don’t last very long (sometimes only a few minutes to few hours). A TIA doesn’t cause any permanent damage, however, the scary part of a TIA is that between 10 and 15 percent of TIA patients have a full-blown stroke within 3 months.
Most people don’t even recognize that they experience a mini-stroke. Furthermore, since the symptoms fade away rather quickly, they seldom seek medical help.
Typical symptoms of a TIA include:
Face – the face may fall on one side as some of the facial muscles become paralyzed. The patient’s eye or mouth may droop, and they may be unable to smile properly.
Arms – arm weakness or numbness might make it hard for the patient to either raise both arms, or to keep them raised.
Speech – speech may be slurred and garbled.
Other signs and symptoms of a TIA can include:
- Difficulty understanding what others are talking about
- Swallowing Difficulties
- Very bad headache
- Paralysis, numbness, or weakness on one side of the body
- In severe cases, loss of consciousness
If you suspect that you may experience a TIA, It is imperative to seek medical help immediately. So what can be done in addition to conventional western medical treatments?