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.