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What is a mini stroke?

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According to Mayo Clinic, a mini-stroke is also known as a transient ischemic attack, which is a temporary interruption of blood flow to the brain, spinal cord or retina. The symptoms of a mini-stroke closely resemble a stroke but last only several minutes and do not cause a permanent disability.

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What is a mini stroke?
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A mini-stroke is a warning that a stroke can occur in the future and an opportunity to prevent a stroke, notes Mayo Clinic. The most common symptoms of a mini-stroke are weakness or numbness on one side of the body, slurred or garbled speech, impaired vision, and dizziness. Changes in lifestyle such as treating high blood pressure and losing weight can prevent a stroke in the future.

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