Stroke Signals: Knowing Early Signs of Stroke Can Save Lives

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Many people are ignoring an important early warning signal of a stroke, says the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A study published in the medical journal Neurology found that 10% to 20% of individuals who experience mini-strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIA) will have a full-blown stroke within three months.

“This study and other recent evidence shows TIA should be treated every bit as urgently as chest pain and angina are in the prevention of heart attacks,” says Heart and Stroke Foundation spokesperson Dr. Alastair Buchan.  So how do you know if you’re having a TIA or a mini-stroke? Symptoms similar to a stroke such as numbness or weakness of an arm, leg or the face may occur. The main difference is that the symptoms tend to resolve themselves in a few minutes or hours.

Symptoms can also include visual and speech problems, difficulties walking, confusion or sudden severe, unusual headache and dizziness. Prompt treatment of TIA can reduce the risk of stroke or death substantially.

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