Frankie Muniz, the star from the successful comedy series ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ has been in the news lately, however, not for his acting skills this time. Frankie who is aged just 27, suffered from a ‘mini stroke’, which is often looked upon as a sign for an upcoming stroke.
Well, shedding light on this serious heart condition, Dr. Steven Reisman, cardiologist NYC specialist, the Director of New York Cardiac Diagnostic Center, while talking to Inside Edition said, “A mini-stroke is temporary. The key word is temporary. It comes and it goes, usually within several hours. It’s really a warning sign. A full stroke is usually more permanent damage that can last, that can be severe or mild or moderate, and it doesn’t go away quickly.”
Talking to Inside Edition, Mr. Muniz, who was more than shocked at the situation that he had to face said, “I am still trying to make sense of it, but I am happy that I’m alive!”
Talking about it, Dr. Reisman further explained that in a mini-stroke, blood flow to a part of the brain stops for a brief period of time. He said the concerned person will have stroke like symptoms for a short time period that can be somewhere between 1-2 hours and up to 24 hours.
As the brain is affected in a mini-stroke, it is seen that a person usually may suffer from memory loss or confusion, as well as the ability to recognize objects or people and people can also have loss of balance and coordination after a stroke.
Although it is usually associated with people from higher age groups, the unhealthy lifestyle of younger adults has led to an increase in the incidence of mini-stroke amongst younger people as well.