What is a ministroke or TIA?

The term “ministroke” is refers to a temporary blood flow irruption to part of the brain. Another name for this occurrence is a transient ischemic attack, or TIA. A ministroke or TIA should be considered a warning sign for a major stroke. Around 1 in 3 people who experience a ministroke experience a stroke within a year.


What’s the difference between ministroke and major stroke?
The symptoms of TIA are temporary, lasting only a few minutes to 24 hours. Symptoms can be so mild they go unnoticed. Unlike a major stroke, TIAs do not usually result in significant physical or functional impairment.


FAST: Recognize early warning signs of a stroke
FAST is an abbreviation to recognize stroke symptoms early for prompt medical intervention. This acronym is relevant to both ministrokes and major strokes.

mini stroke recovery: act fast


What are the symptoms of a ministroke?

  • sudden numbness or weakness on the right or left side of the face, arm, or leg
  • trouble speaking or understanding
  • difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
  • loss of balance or coordination

What should I do if I have symptoms of a ministroke?
If you have any of these symptoms, call 911 or go to the hospital immediately- do not wait. A ministroke and major stroke can present the same way. At the hospital, a medical team will do a stroke workup to determine the cause of your symptoms and whether additional intervention is needed.


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