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What are the symptoms of mini strokes in women?

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Women who are having a mini-stroke often experience symptoms such as sudden nausea, chest pains, shortness of breath and sudden hiccups. Many people do not know they are having a mini-stroke and fail to recognize that it is a sign that a full stroke is to follow, according to the Office On Women's Health.

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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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