This one critical action can prevent a deadly stroke

Don't let the name fool you!

It's called a "mini" stroke, but there's nothing mini about it.

A mini stroke doesn't leave behind the notorious damage of a full-blown stroke, including speech and mobility problems.

Just the opposite: You can recover so quickly and completely that you might not believe you had a stroke at all.

But don't kid yourself.

New research shows how if you don't take your mini stroke as seriously as a full-blown stroke, you could find yourself face-to-face with the real deal soon enough.

It could even happen within days!

Roughly 1 in 5 patients who suffer a major stroke have a mini stroke first, often days or weeks beforehand.

The problem is that too many people only recognize the mini stroke for what it was in hindsight.

Some seek help -- but when there's no damage, they often breathe a sigh of relief and move on.

Others never even seek help.

No ER trips. No doctor visits. Not even a phone call.

Even people who were about to call an ambulance or go to a hospital might call it off when they start to feel better.

The new study shows how that's exactly what you shouldn't do -- because if you get help, take action, and make quick changes, you can duck that second, "real" stroke.

Getting help for a mini stroke right away will cut your risk of a full-on stroke by 80 percent, according to the report from neurologists at Loyola University Medical Center.

Clearly, you can't let it slide just because you feel better.

Take ANY stroke seriously, including a mini stroke so minor that you're not even sure if you're having one.

Start by learning the symptoms, which are the same was what you'd get from a real stroke except they may feel milder and fade more quickly.

There are classic symptoms like drooping face and slurred speech. Some people feel numbness -- and not just in the face, but maybe in an arm or leg.

Many people experience confusion and have a hard time understanding others. There also may be dizziness, headaches, difficulty walking, blurred vision, and lack of coordination.

Along with getting immediate ER help, there's one important step you can take right now that can dramatically slash your risk of a stroke.

It involves no meds... and it won't cost you much of anything other than the price of some changes to your weekly shopping bag.

Make the switch to the Mediterranean diet.

I know you've heard that from me before, but this isn't just a "good idea." It's clinically proven in research to cut the risk of major cardiovascular events overall... and can slash the risk of stroke by nearly half.