A Mini Stroke Has Symptoms Similar to a Full Stroke

A mini stroke is a condition that is also known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA). When one occurs, it produces symptoms similar to an actual stroke, but unlike a true stroke, it doesn't cause long-lasting damage to the brain tissue. This is because a mini stroke is a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain that resolves itself. However, only a medical professional can determine if a particular event is a TIA stroke or a stroke, so anyone who is experiencing symptoms of a stroke should receive immediate medical care.

Common mini stroke symptoms include:

  • General confusion or difficulty understanding speech

  • Difficulty speakin

  • Weakness, numbness, or paralysis occurring on one side of the body

  • Sudden blurry vision or loss of vision in one or both eyes

  • Sudden trouble walking or maintaining balance

If a person shows any of these warning signs, it is crucial that someone call 9-1-1 right away to request transportation to the nearest stroke treatment facility. As the first comprehensive stroke center on Florida's west coast to receive national accreditation by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, Tampa General Hospital is a leader in providing prompt and effective care for all types of stroke.

Thanks to our range of diagnostic capabilities, the dedicated stroke staff at TGH can identify which events are mini strokes and which are true ischemic or hemorrhagic strokes. We can then take the steps necessary to provide essential care. Because a mini stroke can indicate an underlying problem that could lead to a major stroke later, stroke treatment might include preventive measures (such as angioplasty), which are intended to reduce the risk of future strokes.