Seismologists know that small tremors can be a warning sign of bigger earthquakes to come. The same thing can happen with a stroke. Your body gives you signs that a major one is on the way. Unfortunately, most ignore the message.
Research shows only nine percent of us know the symptoms of a mini-stroke—also known as a TIA. And over eighty percent of those who actually had one didn’t see a physician afterward.
The most common TIA symptoms are sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side; trouble speaking or impaired vision; dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; or a sudden severe headache with no known cause.
With TIA’s, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You can ignore the symptoms, but like the smaller earthquakes, your body could be in for a real jolt later.
Here are some more of my blogs on this topic:
- Strike Out on Strokes
- Moderate exercise linked to reduced stroke risk in women
- Researchers: Apples help prevent heart attacks, strokes
- How obese people can reduce heart disease, stroke risk
- Aspirin before bed may reduce morning heart attack, stroke risk
- Flu shot reduces heart attacks, strokes, and death in heart patients
- Study: Chocolate consumption reduces likelihood of stroke in men
- Shift workers face increased risk of heart attack, stroke
- Sleeping six hours or less regularly linked to increased stroke risk
- Citrus fruit consumption linked to reduced stroke risk in women
- Diet soda tied to heart attack, stroke risks
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