Mini Strokes Could Lead to Massive Strokes

As the third-leading cause of death in the United States, it's important for people to know the signs of stroke. Mini strokes and minor strokes can be precursors to a major stroke, though people experiencing such symptoms often don't seek appropriate medical care due to the lack of severity or the brevity of the symptoms. Educating Americans further about the symptoms of mild and mini strokes could help increase stroke symptom awareness and even save lives.

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is temporarily blocked due to a clot. This can lead to altered consciousness, vision, sensation, and speech. In both mild and mini strokes, or in transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), there is often no permanent damage to the sufferer's brain. However, the likelihood of a second attack somewhere down the road is greatly increased and medical attention is necessary.

In a study from the UK that was recently published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers analyzed 1,000 patients (average age 73), all of whom had suffered minor or mini strokes. Nearly two-thirds of the patients were unaware that they'd suffered from a stroke, and a third of them delayed medical treatment for more than 24 hours.

The main reason for delayed treatment was often that the patients were unaware what their symptoms indicated, and when they did receive treatment, the majority sought it from their primary doctor rather than going to the Emergency Room.The best way to get quick, effective treatment for a stroke -- no matter how small or how transient the symptoms are -- is to go to the hospital within three hours so that they can administer medication to dissolve the clot. Self-education, as well as talking to your primary doctor about mild and mini stroke symptoms, is integral in helping to treat stroke and prevent further, more serious medical events from occurring.?
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