Some people experience a temporary “ministroke,” or transient ischemic attack (TIA). The symptoms mimic a stroke, but clear within 24 hours. TIAs are a warning that a real stroke may follow, however. So consult your physician immediately if you experience any signs of a ministroke.
It’s important to know the warning signals of a stroke and get immediate medical attention, to minimize the damage. To help you remember what to look out for, the initials of the symptoms spell DANGER.
- Absent-mindedness or temporary loss of memory or mental ability
- Numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg
- Garbled speech
- Eye problems, including temporary loss of sight in one eye, or double vision
- Recent onset of severe headcaches.
Used with permission from A Year of Health Hints by Don R Powell, PHD and the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, copyright 2010. www.healthylife.com