Symptoms of a TIA
The main symptoms can be remembered with the word FAST:
Face – the face may have dropped on 1 side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have dropped.
Arms – the person may not be able to lift both arms and keep them raised because of weakness or numbness in 1 arm.
Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all, despite appearing to be awake; they may also have problems understanding what you’re saying to them.
Time – it’s time to call 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.
The health body goes on to advise: “In the early stages of a TIA, it’s not possible to tell whether you’re having a TIA or a full stroke.
“It’s important to call 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance if you or someone else has symptoms of a TIA or stroke.
“If a TIA is suspected, you should be offered aspirin to take straight away. This helps to prevent a stroke.”