Minor or Mini Stroke
If the symptoms of the stroke last for only a few minutes or less than 24 hours, it is called a Trans Ischemic Attack (TIA) or mini/ minor stroke.
Trans Ischemic Attack
When the blood flow to part of the brain stops for a very short period of time, it is called transient ischemic attack or TIA.
A warning sign/ indicative that the person is likely to suffer a real stroke within 3 months, TIA presents stroke-like symptoms that last less than 24 hours. TIAs do not usually cause permanent brain damage, but should not be ignored.
What are the symptoms of a ministroke?
- dysphasia, a language disorder
- dysarthria, or physical difficulty when speaking
- vision changes
- balance issues
- an altered level of consciousness
- passing out
- severe headache
- an abnormal sense of taste
- an abnormal sense of smell
- weakness or numbness on just the right or left side of the face or body, determined by the location of the blood clot in the brain
What are the causes of a ministroke?
Blood clots are the leading cause of ministrokes. Other common causes of this condition include:
- hypertension, or high blood pressure
- atherosclerosis, or narrowed arteries caused by plaque buildup, in or around the brain
- carotid artery disease, which occurs when the internal or external carotid artery of the brain is blocked (usually caused by atherosclerosis)
- high cholesterol