An article in this morningâ€™s Wall Street Journal reinforces my earlier post on mini-strokes, also knows as transient ischemic attacks (TIAs). See The Sign You’re About to Have a Stroke –And Why Many Doctors Miss It. The health care system isnâ€™t well organized to recognize and deal quickly with events that donâ€™t appear life threatening. Thatâ€™s fine for a lot of illnesses, but not for strokes of any kind, where speed is absolutely essential. Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s important for citizens to be informed and act aggressively even when the medical system doesnâ€™t.
Mini-stroke symptoms can be fleeting, but are often a warning sign of a more serious stroke to come. Experts recommend heading to the emergency room if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of body
- Sudden confusion or trouble speaking
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause