Mini stroke is caused by the same underlying conditions that can cause a stroke, so the symptoms and signs of transient ischemic attack (TIA) are similar to what patients may experience during a stroke. Since different parts of the brain are responsible for different functions, the exact symptoms of TIA may change depending on the part of the brain that is affected by the stoppage of blood.
For example, some patients may feel weakness in body parts that are controlled by the affected area of the brain, even though there is nothing wrong with that body part specifically.
While each patient’s symptoms can vary, these are the most common signs of transient ischemic attack that occur sudden and briefly:
- Numbness in the face, arm, leg or one side of the body
- Problems with vision, talking or understanding
- Problems with balance or walking
- Loss of coordination
- Severe, unexplainable headache
If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms suddenly and for a brief period of time, seek medical attention to reduce your risk of stroke.