Information about a mini-stroke
A mini-stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) happens when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted for a very short time.
A mini-stroke or TIA is a warning sign that a full stroke may occur soon, and it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible for treatment and advice.
How to recognise the symptoms
The symptoms are similar to a stroke (e.g. weakness on one side of the body, loss of sight, blurred speech, confusion) but last only a few minutes or hours and disappear completely within 24 hours.
What to do if someone has a mini-stroke (TIA)
If you think someone is having a mini-stroke, dial 999 immediately so that they can be taken to the nearest Accident & Emergency Department.
Use the FAST test to check if someone is having a stroke:
Facial weakness. Can the person smile? Has their face, mouth or eye drooped on one side?
|A||Arm weakness. Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?|
|S||Speech problems. Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?|
|T||Time to act. Dial 999 if you see any of these signs or symptoms.|
Leaflet: summary of treatment, care and support for stroke patients in Berkshire West