Your head is pounding with pain… your arm feels as weak as a noodle… and getting words out of your mouth suddenly takes a massive effort.
But then, just a few minutes or hours later, the symptoms disappear, and everything is back to normal.
A) assume that everything’s fine and go on with your day, or
B) call emergency services?
According to new research, most people opt for the first option. This means that those who experience headache, weakness, and speech trouble – all of which are cardinal signs of what’s known as a “mini” stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA) – DON’T NOTHING AT ALL.
A new survey study showed that although ONE in THREE people experience these “warning” strokes, only 3 per cent of them seek the immediate medical attention they need.
That’s a major concern because if you have a mini stroke, you’re at greater risk of having a more serious stroke within the next three months.
Both mini strokes and “standard” strokes occur when a clot blocks blood flow to the brain – the only difference is that with mini strokes, the blockage is temporary, lasting anywhere from a few minutes to 24 hours.
But don’t be fooled by the term “mini” – because the danger to your brain is still very real. That clot can lead to long-term problems and possibly even future strokes – and so it should be treated as soon as possible by a doctor.
The study found that the symptoms of a mini stroke is not difficult to spot. The most common one – experienced by one in five – is a headache that’s considered “severe.”
Other warning signs can include:
• sudden confusion
• trouble speaking or understanding
• numbness or weakness in your face, arm, or leg – especially on one side of the body
• vision loss in one or both eyes
• trouble walking
• loss of balance or coordination.
Even if you only have one or two symptoms on the list, don’t wait. See a doctor as soon as possible.
Sure, that headache could turn out to be nothing more than a harmless ache in your head. But when it comes to strokes, which is one of the leading causes of disability among the elderly, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
1 in 3 Americans May Have Had a Warning Stroke without Knowing It, medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_165108.html
One in three American adults may have had a warning stroke, American Stroke Association survey finds, newsroom.heart.org/news/one-in-three-american-adults-may-have-had-a-warning-stroke-american-stroke-association-survey-finds