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Former Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz recently announced on twitter that he had suffered a second “mini-stroke” not even a full year after he’d endured his first. Though Muniz is only 27 years old, the staff at TLC have treated individuals who have experienced strokes at even younger ages. Here is a link to an article about Muniz’s stroke.
“Mini strokes”, more properly known as Transient Ischemic Attacks, occur when a blood vessel is briefly blocked which stops blood from flowing to part of the brain. They should always been taken very seriously as they often indicate the potential for a life-threatening larger stroke in the future. Anyone experiencing potential stroke symptoms should seek immediate medical help. You should not try to “sleep it off.” Some of the more common symptoms are:
Loss of or difficulty with speech, which can also include inhibited speech comprehension
Loss of use, weakness or numbness in a limb
Full or partial loss of vision
Sudden, strong headache
Loss of balance, hampered coordination or even the sudden total inability to walk
Remember, the quicker a stroke is treated the better the chance that stroke damage can be minimized.
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