Strokes are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S.--the number one cause for serious, long-term disability. People most at risk for strokes are those over 65, smokers, and those with high-blood pressure and heart disease. Another risk factor: a family history of mini strokes (also known as TAs).
The symptoms of a mini stroke can be so minor that people may not even know they’re having one. Most TAs last about a minute, and the symptoms include slurred speech, dizziness, numbness or tingling in your arms or legs, or even trouble seeing. Most people ignore these mini strokes, but that’s dangerous. Mini strokes are actual warnings for a major stroke, which can happen in a matter of days. In fact, your risk factor for having a major stroke goes up 1,000 times.
Unless you take an aspirin right after having a mini stroke. Researchers from the University of Oxford, in England, found that taking a 300 mg aspirin right away reduced the early risk of a major stroke by about 70 to 80% over the first few days and weeks.
Of course, you should talk to your doctor about whether aspirin is right for you—and whether you are at risk for strokes.
via Science Daily