The 100 year young lady that I watched as a home care provider woke up a couple of nights ago and said she felt weird and she mentioned she might have had a mini-stroke and that really got me thinking about strokes and then, of course, I got into my research mode to learn more about mini-strokes and what they are.
According to Harvard Health here are some ways you can have to do to have the best outcome of not having a full out stroke or mini-stroke.
- Lower blood pressure
- Lose weight
- Exercise more
- If you drink — do it in moderation
- Treat atrial fibrillation
- Treat diabetes
- Quit smoking
When people use the term “ministroke,” what they’re really often referring to is a transient ischemic attack (TIA).
A TIA is a temporary interruption of blood flow to part of the brain, spinal cord or retina, which may cause stroke-like symptoms but does not damage brain cells or cause permanent disability.This is usually an early warning sign that they are likely to have a stroke, usually within 48 hours. Thank goodness that didn’t happen to the lady I watch but here are some warning signs that might help you or a loved one.
The symptoms of a TIA are similar to those of a stroke and include:
- Numbness or muscle weakness, usually on one side of the body
- Difficulty speaking or understanding speech
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Double vision or difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
Symptoms of TIA usually last only a few minutes but may persist for up to 24 hours. Since the immediate signs and symptoms of TIA and stroke are identical, it’s important to seek medical attention.
You may need various diagnostic tests, such as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan or a computerized tomography (CT) scan, to help determine what caused the TIA.
Depending on the underlying cause, you may need medication to prevent blood clots or a procedure to remove fatty deposits (plaques) from the arteries that supply blood to your brain (carotid endarterectomy).
How does low-dose aspirin therapy help prevent strokes?
Low-dose aspirin therapy helps prevent strokes by changing the blood’s clotting system; aspirin acts as a blood thinner, helping reduce the chances of blood accumulating in arteries and the bloodstream, which prevents the formation of potentially dangerous blood clots, as stated by Mayo Clinic. Low-dose aspirin therapy benefits individuals with past histories of strokes, and acts as a preventative aid, reducing the likelihood of strokes and heart attacks in people at risk of those events. Physicians may recommend low-dose aspirin therapy for qualifying patients, provided they have no underlying bleeding disorder.
I’ve had several clients that have had a stroke and it seems that the one thing they had in common was they didn’t exercise or move much except for working and doing their everyday activities. So try your best to get in at least 30 minutes of activity 3 days a week.
If your blood not pumping it will cause a blockage in your brain and you may experience a stroke. TIA and a stroke are nearly identical, so you should seek immediate emergency attention if you experience any symptoms.
F.A.S.T is the best way to remember the symptoms of stroke. The sooner you can get the hospital the better. The image from the Minnesota Stroke Association is the perfect example.
F- Facial weakness
S- Speech difficulty
T- Time- call 911
Be aware that sometimes the symptoms of having a stroke for women can be a little different.
Sudden speech impairment
Shortness of breath
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