Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Mini-stroke can be a major warning

A "mini-stroke" can be anything but, according to this mention from Forbes.com:
About half the people who have a major stroke soon after a less serious brain event, such as a transient ischemic attack or "mini-stroke," do so within 24 hours of the minor event, a new study finds.

The message here for people who have a TIA is to "seek medical attention immediately, particularly if you have either weakness or speech disturbance that lasts more than 10 minutes," said the study's senior author, Dr. Peter M. Rothwell, a professor of clinical neurology at the University of Oxford in England.

"Don't wait until the next day - it may be too late," he said.
Good advice. Remember that often, time = recovery.

(Drawing from the National Library of Medicine)

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