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Mini Stroke Symptoms Can Alert a Patient to the Potential of Future Strokes

A mini stroke has symptoms that mirror those of a full stroke, but without the lasting brain tissue damage. This is partially because mini strokes, also known as transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), are caused by temporary blood clots that dissolve on their own, causing them to usually last for only one to five minutes. However, according to the American Stroke Association, about one third of people who experience TIAs end up having full strokes within a year. This means that mini strokes may indicate other underlying issues, which is why they should not be treated lightly and should be seen as possible warnings of more severe attacks.

Symptoms of a mini stroke often present suddenly, and they commonly include:

  • Vision problems in one or both eyes
  • Difficulty walking, dizziness, or lack of balance or coordination
  • Confusion or difficulty speaking or understanding speech
  • Severe, inexplicable headache
  • Numbness or weakness in the arm, leg, or face, particularly on one side of the body

A person who experiences mini stroke symptoms should visit a comprehensive stroke treatment facility for proper diagnosis and treatment of stroke. Tampa General Hospital was the first state-designated comprehensive stroke center on the west coast of Florida to be nationally accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. Our multispecialty team, which includes neurosurgeons, critical care physicians, and vascular neurologists, is available to treat patients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. These specialists work together to create risk reduction plans customized to each patient’s individual needs. This includes using advanced imaging technologies and other diagnostic tools to analyze the symptoms of a TIA and work toward proactively preventing full strokes that may occur in the future.

It is critical to have someone call 9-1-1 immediately should a person display mini stroke symptoms to request that the affected person be transported to the nearest comprehensive stroke treatment facility.