Why be on the alert for signs of a mini stroke?
But here's the catch!
Your doctor will NOT find any damage from a mini stroke (TIA trans ischemic attack) - not even with a BRAIN SCAN...
But new BRAIN MAPPING techniques do show that there is BRAIN DAMAGE from a MINI STROKE!
But there's also good news. Here's research about better stroke treatments and prevention -- and natural ways to clear plaque in arteries -- natural ways to avoid blood clot meds!
Mini stroke symptoms:
A mini stroke, or a TIA (transient ischemic attack) is caused by a short blood loss to the brain, and the signs of a mini stroke are:
Because the signs of a mini stroke disappear quickly – usually within 24 hours, many people do not take such an episode seriously.
Normally, doctors can NOT find any damage from a mini stroke, either through clinical evaluation or with standard imaging (CT or MRI) within 14 to 30 days of a mini stroke.
But new research published in “Stroke,” the journal of the American Heart Association shows that these attacks or mini strokes may not be transient at all.
The researchers found that mini strokes likely DO create lasting neurological damage to the brain!
Jodi Edwards, PhD and lead author of the study found that:
“We know now that people may look and feel fine, and even standard imaging says they are fine, but they are NOT!” (School of Population and Public Health, UBC)
(Brain Research Centre at Vancouver Coastal Health and the University of British Columbia, Canada)
If you experience any of these 5 signs, call 911 or your local medical emergency number immediately:
Warninng signs of a mini stroke are fleeting, or “transient” and usually disappear within 24 hour.
For extra assurance for signs of a mini stroke, you will want to be pro-active.
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Several new studies provide simple but effective ways to improve stroke recovery.
So, if you want to minimize you Coumadin use and avoid eventual dangerous warfarin side effects, here's what to do after having had a stroke:
A study published in the journal Experimental Neurology shows how eating lots of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables can limit brain damage from stroke and other neurological disorders.
USF/VA neuroscientist Paula Bickford, PhD, and colleagues, found when they fed rats a "preventative" diet that is enriched with blueberries, spinach or an algae known as the phytoplankton spirulina, they had had less brain cell loss, and they also recovered their movement better after they had a stroke.
So eat your greens against a stroke, everyone!! You can then worry less about signs of a mini stroke.
These finding affirm earlier USF/VA research showing that diets enriched with blueberries, spinach or spirulina reversed normal age-related declines in memory and learning in old rats.
And there's more good news:
They think that antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents in these fruits and vegetables reduce the nerve cell injury and death triggered by a stroke.
They concluded that ongoing treatment with blueberry, spinach, or spirulina reduces cell death (ischemia/reperfusion-induced apoptosis) and cell death due to stroke. (cerebral infarction).
So start making smoothies and eat your spinach!
This is an easy, readily available, inexpensive and safe way to benefit stroke patients, according to the researchers – without dangerous Coumadin side effects.
Best to avoid the signs of a mini stroke by being pro-active!
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