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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.

Strokes generally happen very quickly and there are two types of strokes. The most common type is called an ischemic stroke. This type of stroke occurs with blood cannot get to the brain. It most commonly occurs when fatty deposits block an artery.

The second and less common type of stroke is called a hemorrhagic stroke. This type of stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. This type of stroke may be caused by an aneurysm.

Although most people believe that only older people have strokes, they can actually occur at any age. However, people over the age of 55 are at the greatest risk. African American women have a higher instance of stroke than Caucasian women and are twice as likely to die from a stroke. Women who smoke, are overweight or obese, have high blood pressure or heart disease have a higher risk for a stroke.

Mini-strokes are also called transient ischemic attacks. They occur for a short time, lasting from a few minutes to a day, reports the Office On Women's Health. Women experiencing any of the symptoms listed above should call 911 or seek medical attention immediately.

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