1. Stroke cause and effects

Stroke cause and effects

3) Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) or Mini Stroke

Stroke symptoms which may only last a few minutes but less than 24 hours

Some examples of TIA symptoms could be-

  • Weakness, numbness or clumsiness in one side of the body , face, arm or leg.
  • Disturbed vision in one or both eyes
  • Slurred speech or muddled words

Other things to look for which may be associated with TIA if they also occur at the same time as any of the above include-

  • Loss of feeling in one side of the body.( Not pins and needles or a jerking of the limbs)
  • If vision has changed, check by covering one eye at a time to work out if the sight is affected in one or both the eyes.
  • Migraine can produce symptoms similar to TIA but they do not tend to come together with the main symptoms.

It is important that you seek medical advice early even if the symptoms have disappeared. There is a 10% risk of stroke within the first week after a TIA


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