Transient Ischemic Attack (aka Mini Stroke) Warning Signs and Symptoms You Can’t Ignore


A transient ischemic attack, aka mini stroke, occurs when a blood clot blocks the blood flow in the brain. This block is only temporary, or transient, and generally doesn’t damage brain tissue or cells.

The symptoms are often brushed away as nothing serious. They only last for a few minutes to a couple of hours. Knowing the warning signs and symptoms helps you to get proper treatment as early as possible to avoid an actual stroke. About 1 in 20 people who have a transient ischemic attack will have a major stroke within a few days, and 1 out of 10 will have one within 3 months.

So don’t ignore these signs or symptoms, it can save your life.

Weakness On One Side Of The Body (Hemiparesis)

The most common symptom is a sudden weak or numb feeling on one side of the body. This is called hemiparesis. You may notice mild symptoms such as numbness or clumsiness of fingers and hands, or in more severe cases people will lose their ability to walk or use their hand. Some people experience weakness on both sides, or it can be limited to only the face, leg or arms.

Speech Problems (Dysphasia)

People who go through a transient ischemic attack may be unable to speak for a while or experience difficulties in recalling, saying, or understanding words and sentences.

Temporary Blindness

Sometimes patients report temporary blindness or blurriness in one of their eyes (can be in both as well). They are often also oversensitive to bright light or can’t read words on white paper.

Dizziness Or Loss Of Balance

Most people who go through a transient ischemic attack also report dizziness, vertigo or loss of balance.


People who experience a mini stroke may temporary be confused or unable to reply or act normal.

Severe Headaches

Another common symptom is severe headaches that have no obvious cause.

FYI: Risk Factors

  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Age
  • Men are at higher risk

“Act F.A.S.T” Check

The National Stroke Association has launched an easy 4 step test to see if action is required.

  • Face: if a person smiles, does one side droop?
  • Arms: is the person able to raise both arms or is there one that drifts downward? Or both?
  • Speech: is the person able to repeat simple sentences and understand what they mean?
  • Time is a lifesaver. Call 911 immediately if you suspect a transient ischemic attack.

Like mentioned above transient ischemic attack or a mini stroke doesn’t cause brain damage but is a strong warning sign that an actual stroke may be on the way. So if you or someone you know experiences one or more of these symptoms, go to the doctor as fast as possible. It can save lives.

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Amy Goodrich
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