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What Causes Mini Strokes?

Ramin Ansari MD
Medically reviewed by Ramin Ansari
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Ramin Ansari MD
Medically reviewed by Ramin Ansari

You have a wonderful moment with your friends and family. However, the next minute you feel that you can’t move one of your arms. You try to look at yourself in the mirror, and you are terrified. It looks like half of your face is dropping down.

The mentioned above are several of the signs that you have a stroke. It is a severe condition and requires immediate medical attention because it can cause a lasting effect on your overall health. 

Nevertheless, there is a chance that you will not experience the most common type of stroke. You can have a transient ischemic attack or TIA. This condition is commonly referred to as a “mini-stroke.”

The word “mini” doesn’t mean that it is not dangerous for your health. It is the complete opposite. Transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a severe condition that foreshadows a more significant stroke that may be coming soon. This article will explain what causes a mini-stroke, what the person can do, and why going to the hospital is essential. 

What causes a TIA?

The factors that raise the possibility of having a mini-stroke

  • High arterial pressure
  • Diabetes 
  • Cigarette smoking 
  • Obesity 
  • Increased cholesterol levels 
  • Excessive alcohol use 
  • Sedentary kind of life


People need to be aware of what triggers a mini-stroke. A buildup of calcium, fat, cholesterol and other chemicals is one of the main causes of arterial narration. Transient ischemic attacks, according to neurologists, occur when a blood clot or narrowed artery stops blood from getting to the brain. 

Transitory ischemia attack has a short duration, and its effects disappear after an hour. Many people make a grave mistake when they decide to ignore it and avoid the doctor. The primary reason is that a TIA only acts as a warning sign that a severe stroke may occur. 


The Signs of TIA

The transient ischemic attack can occur very fast. The person feels excellent one minute and shortly after has problems moving one side of his or her body or can’t speak properly. Besides, the symptoms will repeat themselves several times in a brief period.

The signs of a TIA involve:

  • Sudden weakness affecting the face, arm, or leg on one side of the body.
  • Disturbed or trouble speaking or comprehending.
  • Problems with seeing in one or both eyes.
  • The decline of balance or coordination.

The key element during TIA is acting immediately. The stroke can occur after the transient ischemic attack. It happens within several hours or days after the initial symptoms. Hospitals possess effective treatments that will prevent a stroke from happening, but it is essential to start the procedures as soon as possible. 


How to Identify the TIA?

The medical industry likes to provide people with acronyms, and it has the appropriate acronym for transient ischemic attacks. Use the FAST to check if you have the TIA. 

  • F — Face: Does your face feel lopsided, or do you have problems smiling?
  • A — Arm: Is it difficult to move one of your arms, or does it drift downward?
  • S — Speech: Does your speech feel slurred or strange, or are you having trouble repeating simple phrases?
  • T — Time: If you noticed some of these symptoms, immediately call 911. It is essential to bring you to the hospital as soon as possible.


The Ways to Prevent Mini-Stroke

If the person researches what causes mini-strokes, they will discover that 90 percent are caused by plaque-filled blood vessels blocking the blood flow to the brain or by a blood clot that travels from other parts of your body — like the heart — to the brain. 

The above mentioned can be caused by: 

  • Smoking 
  • A buildup of high amounts of certain fats and cholesterol in the blood
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar levels

The person can decrease their risk of having a stroke and TIA by maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy food and hitting the gym can significantly lower the chances of stroke. Besides that, it will make you feel amazing and look great. Take care of yourself now, so you will not develop thermal illnesses further in your life. 


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Every person must be informed about transient ischemic attacks since they are severe problems. You must keep in mind what triggers the mini-stroke and that you must dial 911 as soon as you can. Keep the FAST acronym in mind; it will assist you in identifying a TIA and quickly calling for help. 

It’s time to manage your illness and stop feeling unwell. If you have any warning symptoms, use this form to arrange an appointment with a Lone Star Neurology physician

We provide a range of specialists with medical training in different cities of Texas, including Dallas, Fort Worth, McKinney, and others. We manage and treat various neurological diseases in our general practice, including migraines, seizures, MS, and stroke. This is not a complete list of services. Here, please read on for more information. 

In conclusion, we wish to emphasize that self-care considerably reduces your risk of stroke and transient ischemic attack. As a result, make an effort to eat well and exercise frequently. Your mental capacity will improve, you’ll look fantastic, and there’s less possibility of getting a TIA attack.



  • Can you live with a TIA?

The symptoms of a TIA are the same as those of a stroke. But they disappear entirely after less than 24 hours. After a mini-stroke, you can live your everyday life.

  • How dangerous is a mini-stroke?

A TIA is quite severe, even though the symptoms may not persist very long. It implies troubles connected to a high risk of stroke. The only difference between a TIA and a stroke is the symptoms of a TIA only persist for 24 hours.

  • What is the life expectancy after a TIA?

91.5% of patients and 95% of the general population survived a year following a mini-stroke. Compared to 67.2% of the TIA group, only 77.4% of the general population survived five years following a mini-stroke.

  • Can stress cause mini strokes?

According to a study, stress is linked to a 59% higher risk of suffering a stroke or transient ischemic attack.  

  • Can a TIA be cured?

The symptoms of a transient ischemic attack go away after a few minutes or hours. However, you’ll need the care to help avoid another TIA or a major stroke from happening in the future.

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15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
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Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been more
Jean Cooper
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16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
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15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
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It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any more
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16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
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16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going more
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21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my more
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17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to more
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16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 more
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00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his more
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Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best more
Margaret Rowland
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01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my more
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03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
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01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
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00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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