Simple advice - worth bearing in mind!
Minor strokes and TIAs (transient ischaemic attacks/mini-strokes) occur when there is interruption of blood flow to the brain - they can cause weakness to the limbs or problems with speech/vision - symptoms usually disappear within days. The chance of going on to have a major stroke - with more permanent symptoms - is higher in the days after an attack. Previous studies have suggested aspirin plays some part in reducing this, particularly in the long-term, by reducing the risk of blood clots forming, or thinning the blood. The team of scientists say their findings show most of the benefit lies in the first crucial hours and days after a minor stroke/TIA. They estimate taking early aspirin treatment at this point could reduce the risk of having a major stroke from one in 20 people per day to one in 100.