If you or someone you are with develops any of the symptoms of stroke, call a doctor right away. Or call an ambulance or go to an emergency room.
It is important to be evaluated even if your symptoms last only a few minutes, and then go away. Symptoms of a stroke that go away are called a transient ischemic attack (TIA). A TIA can be a warning sign of a coming stroke. About 1 of 10 people who experience a TIA has a stroke during the next 3 months.
People who see a doctor immediately after having a TIA can receive treatment. This might include treatment for high blood pressure and high cholesterol, or an aspirin plan. If these risks are addressed quickly, you can significantly lower risk your for having a stroke over the next 3 months.