What are the symptoms of a mini-stroke in women?


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Sometimes, the mini-stroke causes no symptoms in women, according to the Office on Women's Health. In other cases, women have the same symptoms as with a major stroke, but the symptoms are shorter-lived, reports WebMD. A woman who thinks she is experiencing any type of stroke should call emergency services.

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What are the symptoms of a mini-stroke in women?
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The symptoms of a stroke include sudden weakness affecting one side of the body, confusion, vision problems, difficulty speaking or severe headache. Some victims have difficulty walking, standing or understanding others. Women have some symptoms that men do not experience, including sudden onsets of hiccups, nausea, tiredness and chest pain. The victim might experience sudden pounding of the heart or pain in the face, arm or leg, explains the Office on Women's Health.

Doctors diagnose strokes by talking with the patient and repeating the questions concerning the episode to ensure the patient is thinking clearly. Doctors also test the reflexes, and if necessary, order tests including blood flow tests, electrical tests of the nerve pathways and imaging tests, states the Office on Women's Health.

The mini-stroke is a transient ischemic attack. It often serves as a warning of an impending major stroke. Early treatment helps to prevent the stroke from causing further damage. WebMD recommends women seek emergency care after a TIA even though the symptoms go away on their own.

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