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A mini stoke is known by doctors as a Transient Ischaemic Attack, or a T.I.A.

It happens when the blood supply to the brain is temporarily blocked and it can last anything between a few minutes and a few hours.

If it happens to you or someone else, don’t ignore it , because a mini stroke can be a warning sign that a full stroke is coming, and if that is going to happen it’s likely with days or weeks.

Other symptoms to look out for include sudden onset of:

Numbness or weakness down one side of the body
Loss of vision in one eye
Communication problems, such as difficulty talking and/or understanding what others are saying
Problems with balance and co-ordination
Difficulty swallowing These BSL health clips were made by SignHealth with help and information from the NHS. For more information or advice, visit http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stroke/