TE24 Health Desk:
A transient ischaemic attack or a mini stroke is temporary in nature, does not cause permanent damage, and lasts for only a few minutes. However, the mini stroke can be a warning sign for a stroke as the occurrence of a stroke following a mini stroke is seen in 1 out of 3 people.
Going with the facts and figures, mini strokes can be a warning sign and a chance to prevent the occurrence of a stroke.
Just like every complication related to heart, mini stroke has its own set of symptoms which if observed carefully, one can take care and prevent the occurrence of a stroke:
What causes transient ischaemic attack?
The symptoms of a mini stroke last only for up to a few minutes. Within a short span of time, people may notice sudden changes like:
Weakness, numbness, and paralysis. These signs are mostly seen in the face, arm or leg and mostly on one side of the body.
Garbled speech which will be difficult to understand
Double vision; sometimes people may also experience blindness in one or both the eyes
Loss of balance and coordination or vertigo
One can experience any one of the symptoms during a mini stroke. People can also experience more than one symptom.
What are the different ways to prevent it?
Experts say the risk of having a stroke is high 48 hours after a ministroke. Every 1 in 3 people have a stroke following a transient ischaemic attack.
There are several ways to prevent the occurrence of transient ischaemic attack:
Control the consumption of cholesterol and fat
Include more seasonal fruits and vegetables in diet
Limit sodium intake
Exercise regularly or if exercise is not possible increase the type and nature of physical activity you are doing
Cut down on alcohol consumption
Watch your weight
Source: Times of India