A stroke occurs when your brain tissue is deprived of oxygen due to a lack of blood supply in your brain. Strokes can range from mild to severe. Even if you've suffered a mild stroke, it's important to seek medical attention immediately, as the quicker you receive treatment, the better chance you have at recovery. Fast response is the same for a transient ischemic attack (TIA). According to the American Heart Association, a TIA is "a warning stroke." While a TIA may produce symptoms similar to a stroke, a TIA will not result in major brain injury and is not actually a stroke. Though, almost 50 percent of patients who suffer a TIA go on to suffer a real stroke, often in the next 48 hours.
Recognize the signs of a mild stroke. Check to see if your loved has developed numbness that only affects one side of his body. Ask him questions, such as if he knows his name to determine if he is suffering from confusion.
Watch to see if your loved one is having difficulty in maintaining his balance. Look for signs dizziness, loss of balance, and lost coordination.
Ask your loved one if he's developed a severe headache, if you suspect that your loved one is suffering from a mild stroke. Strokes can be accompanied by a sudden headache that comes out of nowhere.
Listen to your loved one's speech. If his speech becomes garbled or difficult to understand, he may have suffered a mild stroke.
Seek medical assistance immediately when you suspect that your loved one has suffered a mild stroke or a TIA. A TIA can lead to a stroke, which can result in complications such as lasting brain damage.
See a physician promptly if you or a loved one ever suffers a TIA. This can be a precursor to suffering a severe stroke.