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Wellness Tip

Get Emergency Help for All Stroke Symptoms

by Wellness Letter  

Get emergency help if you have symptoms of a stroke, even if they last only a few minutes. Such short-lasting symptoms (less than 24 hours) indicate that a person has had a transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes called a mini-stroke.

The symptoms of a TIA are similar to those of a full-blown stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, one arm, or one leg;
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding;
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes;
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of coordination;
  • or sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Many people with TIAs do not seek immediate medical attention, which is dangerous because they have a 10 to 20 percent chance of developing a full-blown stroke during the next month; drug treatment can often prevent this.

This article first appeared in the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.

Also see Stroke Basics: Preevntion, Symptoms, Treatment.