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  • Signs of Ministroke

  • MiniStroke

    A ministroke isn’t a mini-concern. A transient ischemic attack (TIA), known as a ministroke, is a warning sign because it increases your risk for a future stroke, says Heidi Vagts, BSN, stroke coordinator for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.

    The symptoms of a TIA and a stroke are the same, she explains. The difference is that a TIA will generally resolve on its own within an hour. But there is no way to know whether your symptoms will be temporary or permanent when they first begin.

    If someone is experiencing the symptoms of a stroke, there’s no time to waste.  Here’s an easy way to remember what you’re looking for:

    Face.  Is one side of the face drooping?
    Arm.  Does one arm drop? Is there weakness on one side?
    Speech. Is the person’s speech slurred?
    Time. If someone is experiencing these symptoms, call 911.  

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