Warning Signs of a Mini-Stroke

A mini-stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA), may seem like a minor medical incident. But the reality is that this type of stroke, typically lasting less than five minutes, could indicate more significant issues.

What Is a Transient Ischaemic Attack?

A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) is a warning sign that a person may be about to have a stroke. They share many of the same symptoms as strokes. However, a TIA usually lasts for a short time and resolves independently.

Even though the problems go away quickly, TIAs are often a warning sign of an impending stroke. About one in five people who experience a TIA will have a stroke within the year. Consult a doctor if you encounter a combination of these symptoms.

Face Drooping and Paralysis

When someone experiences a TIA, the blood supply to their brain is briefly interrupted. This can cause face drooping and partial paralysis.

If you notice that one side of your face feels numb, it could signify that you have a mini-stroke. Additionally, if you experience paralysis in one arm or leg, this is another red flag that something is wrong.

Difficulty Speaking

If you experience difficulty speaking or understanding speech, it could be a warning sign of a mini-stroke. TIAs can lead to confusion and a general lack of comprehension.


Vertigo is a feeling of dizziness and spinning that can last for a few seconds or minutes and can be accompanied by nausea or vomiting. If you experience vertigo, sitting or lying down and drinking plenty of fluids is a good idea.


It could be a warning sign of a mini-stroke if you experience numbness in your face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of your body.

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