No such thing as a mild, harmless stroke


October 5, 2011 2:42:09 PM PDT
Victims of mild strokes, also known as transient ischemic attacks, may appear unaffected. Symptoms, usually disappear in a half hour, and people just go on doing what they were doing.

But new research out of Canada shows about one-third of those who live through one of these attacks go on to have a more serious one.

Many may also end up suffering from depression, vision problems and difficulty thinking.

Researchers say mild strokes need to be taken more seriously, with better treatment guidelines and follow-up care for patients.

The findings were presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress.