After a mini stroke, a person has a 1000 times higher chances for major stroke when compared with a normal individual. A recent study shows that taking aspirin immediately after a mini-stroke significantly reduces the risk of a major stroke.
Aspirin & Stroke
The study that was published in The Lancet on May 18 was carried on the basis of data collected from about 56, 000 people. The reports suggest that taking aspirin right after a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or a mini stroke reduces the risks of another disabling or fatal stroke in the following days or week by 70 to 80 percent. Researcher Peter Rothwell explains that their findings confirms the effectiveness of urgent treatment after TIA and that aspirin is the main component to substantially reduce the risk and severity of early recurrent stroke.
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“This findings has implications for doctors, who should give aspirin immediately if a TIA or minor stroke is suspected, rather than waiting for specialist assessment and investigations,” added Rothwell, a professor and stroke expert at the University of Oxford in England.
Dr Dale Webb from the Stroke Association in England suggests that if you have symptoms of stroke which are gradually improving while you wait for medical help, it would be best to take a 300 mg aspirin if you are able to do so.
- Detecting a mini or major stroke
Following are symptoms of a mini stroke which are much similar to that of a major one. They are as follows:
- Numbness or muscle weakness, usually on one side of the body
- Difficulty in speaking or understanding speech
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Double vision or difficulty in seeing
An immediate help for the ignorant
Public health campaigns have caused many to consult a doctor after a major stroke, but the researchers report that people are less likely to see a doctor after a minor stroke. Some may totally ignore it all stall for a few days before seeking medical attention. They do not realise that they are under the risk of recurrent strokes. Encouraging people with the information about aspirin intake could help this situation.