Also known as transient ischemic attack, a mini stroke presents with some or all of these symptoms: weakness on one side of the body; temporary inability to speak; momentary blindness in one eye; lack of coordination and dizziness, notes Healthline. Medical examinations are a must after a TIA.
When suffering a mini stroke, a patient often experiences symptoms for a time frame as short as a minute, and by the time medical personnel arrive, the symptoms frequently pass. This makes the patient's description of the event particularly important, reports Healthline.
The spectrum of symptoms can vary widely. For example, weakness on one side of the body sometimes takes the form of clumsy performance of the fingers or hands. In other mini strokes, the patient loses the ability to walk or move his arms for a brief period of time. Most commonly, the weakness just strikes one side of the body, such as one leg or one arm. The side of the weakness depends on the way in which the blood clot interacts with the brain. Dysphasia, or problems with formulating speech, is sometimes the only sign of the mini stroke, indicating that the blood clot occurred in the dominant hemisphere of the brain, according to Healthline.