Symptoms of a mini stroke may include double vision, dizziness, weakness, speech problems, trouble walking, sudden forgetfulness, and severe headache. Mini strokes are also known as TIA’s, transient ischemic attacks, usually not lasting but a few minutes and symptoms are temporary. In contrast, symptoms of a massive stroke are always more severe, last longer, and effects can be permanent. This type of stroke is usually caused by a blockage in an artery, the same type of problem that can cause heart attacks. Symptoms of a TIA shouldn’t be ignored even though they seem minor because oftentimes they will lead to a more severe episode. Seeking treatment early can make all the difference in recovery time and severity of damage to the brain. Medications can be prescribed to patients early on, thus reducing chances of reoccurrence. The most popular medications prescribed for stroke are anticoagulants. These drugs work by thinning the blood and inhibiting the formation of clots. Aspirin has been prescribed by physicians because it will work in a similar fashion. Do not self-medicate with aspirin until a physician has performed a brain scan and determined the cause of symptoms. If the symptoms of a massive stroke are not caused by a blockage but instead by an aneurysm then aspirin will make the bleeding worse.
It is possible for a patient to lower their risk for heart disease and stroke by following a healthy diet and exercise program. A heart healthy diet includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, adding Omega 3 fatty acids, and limiting refined white flour and sugar products. Adding fiber rich foods to diet will benefit those with symptoms of a mini stroke since fiber helps to lower cholesterol, thus reducing the chance of developing a blockage within an artery. Drinking lots of water and exercising at least 4 times per week, for 30 minute intervals and avoiding products with hydrogenated oils in them will reduce cholesterol levels. Hydrogenated oils are found in margarine, fast foods, fried foods, and processed foods. Reduce risks factors further by avoiding cigarette smoke, and limiting alcohol intake. Stress and anxiety can also increase chances of suffering from symptoms of a massive stroke, so find positive ways to cope with stress and anxiety.
Regular checkups by a physician are important in preventive health. Getting cholesterol and triglyceride levels checked can be vital indicators for risks associated with heart disease and stroke. Preventive health practices work towards eliminating symptoms of a mini stroke. Keeping weight and blood pressure under control can help to eliminate symptoms of a massive stroke. There are usually no symptoms associated with high blood pressure so physicians recommend having it checked regularly. High blood pressure can lead to heart attack and stroke if left unchecked. There are many medications available but sometimes just weight control and exercise will keep it at a normal level. A normal blood pressure reading is usually less than 120/80 mm Hg. When blood pressure is 140/90 mm Hg. medication is recommended. One high blood pressure reading may not indicate hypertension. If one is suspect of hypertension, then take blood pressure periodically throughout the day for several days. If the readings are continuously over the 140/90 mm Hg. consult with a physician.
Consider adding vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to diet as a preventive health measure. Some of the best foods to implement in a diet to help prevent symptoms of a mini stroke are blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, spinach, broccoli, beets, avocados, oranges, and grapes. Drinking lots of water helps to keep the body hydrated and causes it to function better. Green tea is good for brain function because it contains antioxidants that enhance mental health. Lean meat, soy, and nuts provide protein that the body needs to balance out blood sugar as well affecting mental alertness. Studies have shown that antioxidants help to rid the body of toxins. When toxins remain high within the body, cell and tissue death occur. Making a few simple dietary changes will provide a higher quality to life and work towards eliminating health problems that can lead to symptoms of a massive stroke.