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What are the warning signs of a stroke?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Often a stroke victim will have no warning symptoms. However, some patients do experience warning signs in the form of a transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes referred to as a "mini-stroke." TIA symptoms caninclude numbness or paralysis (usually on one side of the body), difficulty speaking or understanding, and temporarily dimmed or blurred vision. These TIA symptoms resolve within a few minutes or hours (thus the term mini- stroke), but that does not mean you should not take action. Those symptoms are your body's warning to contact your doctor right away.

TIA symptoms can be caused by plaque build-up in the carotid arteries, which can be found during an examination by your doctor or through an ultrasound test of the neck arteries.

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