A mini stoke is known by doctors as a Transient Ischaemic Attack, or a T.I.A.
It happens when the blood supply to the brain is temporarily blocked and it can last anything between a few minutes and a few hours.
If it happens to you or someone else, don’t ignore it , because a mini stroke can be a warning sign that a full stroke is coming, and if that is going to happen it’s likely with days or weeks.
Other symptoms to look out for include sudden onset of:
- Numbness or weakness down one side of the body
- Loss of vision in one eye
- Communication problems, such as difficulty talking and/or understanding what others are saying
- Problems with balance and co-ordination
- Difficulty swallowing