What is a mini stroke?

Transient ischemia. This usually refers to a transient ischemic attack in which there is decreased blood flow to the brain without causing actual cell death. These can be a precursor to an actual stroke.

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What is a "mini-stroke" tia?

See answer below. Tia stands for transient ischemic attack. Its symptoms are identical to those seen in a stroke, but transient, or short lived, with spontaneous complete resolution usually within a few minutes or hours. Symptoms lasting longer than 24 hours will be considered secondary to an actual stroke. Read more...

What is a "mini-stroke" or tia?

Short lived symptoms. A TIA or transient ischemic attack is what happens when the brain experiences a brief episode of ischemia, or when blood flow to an area of the brain is temporarily reduced or impeded. This results in neurological changes that typically, but not always resolve within 24 hours. Unlike a true "stroke", a TIA has no lasting cell death or permanent neurological symptoms. Risk factor for stroke. C doc. Read more...
<24 hours. It is the sudden development of focal neurologic symptoms/signs which resolve in less than 24 hours. It is usually due to debris (like broken plaque), platelets and/or thrombus that lodge in a brain vessel, obstructing circulation, but dissolving in < 1 day. Vascular spasm is often a component and it's resolution contributes to rapid improvement. Read more...

What is a mini stroke? Does it mean that something is wrong with the heart?

Possibly. Mini-strokes are colloquially thought of as transient ischemic attacks, or tias, which are neurologic deficits that may resolve over a relatively short period of time. Although these are commonly associated with disease of the blood vessels feeding parts of the brain, some may be a result of clots forming in the heart, e.g., sluggish contraction with blood sludging or atrial fibrillation. Read more...

What's a mini stroke like?

Like a big one but.. Ministroke is generally a term applied to small clinical deficits resulting from a stroke--it does not apply to causation nor to specific symptoms. The same factors responsible for major strokes are often responsible for "mini" strokes. Symptoms depend on function of brain tissue affected. Duration depends on many factors. Read more...
Mini stroke is. Also called tia. See stroke.Org for good discussion. Pay close attention to risk factors and try to improve those. Read more...

What is mini stroke? If I'm stressfull, I feel numb in my left feet, but it's gone by itself. Could it be a ministroke?

Unlikely. With that amount of information it is not possible to come to a diagnosis. The problem is more likely in the peripheral nervous system. Read more...
TIA. Mini stroke or TIA is when you get an ischemia ( not enough oxygen)in small part of your brain, for a brief period of time that creates stroke like symptoms, usually weakness or numbness in a part of the body for a brief period of time usually up to 1-2 hrs, and then completely resolves. It is also usually a sign that you more likely to develop stroke in a future. Go get evaluated by your doctor. Read more...

What are signs/symtoms of mini stroke?

Stroke Symptoms. General symptoms of a stroke include: sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement in your face, arm, or leg, especially on only one side of your body. Sudden vision changes or trouble speaking. Confusion or trouble understanding simple statements. Problems with walking or balance. A stroke usually happens suddenly but may occur over hours. Read more...
TIA. In texas, most people use "mini-stroke" synonymously with tia's (tranisent ischemic attacks). Tia's can cause the same symptoms as a "real" stroke, which are completely dependent on the part of the brain involved, but the symptoms completely resolve. Also, tia's show no changes on ct or MRI scans. Read more...

What is the treatment for mini-stroke?

A thorough work up. A mini stroke is usally a tia. Its a warning that a full blown strke may be coming. A thorough work up for correctable cause like afub of poorly controlled hypertension etc.Then treat with antiplatelets like asperin or plavix. Coumadin (warfarin) if in afib. Statin therapy and blood pressure meds. Wt loss and exercise. Good diabetes controll. Read more...
Evaluation. To see if really a stroke. Carotid ultrasound or cta neck. Head ct and possibly mri. Risk factor control. Maybe aspirin. Stop smoking. See www.Stroke.Org. Read more...

What's the difference between a mini-stroke and an epilepsy? Which is more serious?

Mini strokes. A mini stroke implies a blockage in a vessel of the brain supplying a small area of the brain and causing an area of cell death and cell compromise. Epilepsy is an illness caused by abnormal discharges of the brain. It has many causes. It usually has some type of seizure. Usually mini strokes are worse as they portend to major strokes. Read more...
Neurologic Quandary . "mini strokes" or transient ischemic attacks are tempory interruptions of blood and oxygen to areas of the brain often due to arterial blockage or spasm. Epilepsy is a condition marked by history of multiple seizures. "mini strokes" can result in seizures, but epilepsy is a chronic condition & the seizures aren't due to vascular disease. Difficult to say which is more serious, severity can vary. Read more...
Different causes. Epilepsy or seizures, occur when something interrupts the electrical messages in the brain and it is usually chronic. Isolated seizures do not usually cause death or a stroke by themselves. There is medication that can control most seizures. Mini-strokes on the other hand are warning signs that the blood supply to a particular area of the brain is going to be shut down from arterial blockage. Read more...

I have been taking Dilantin for two years. Due to what my doctor called a "mini stroke". How long will I have to do this?

Am confused, as. Dilantin is a drug used to prevent seizures, not strokes, and if you have a stroke risk, there is no protection from dilantin. However, if your doctor referred to a seizure as a "mini-stroke" and now you are free of spells, maybe a good idea to stay on medicine for a few years. In absence of any further particulars, would urge you to discuss fully with your doctor, and include your question. Read more...