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Frankie Muniz suffers mini stroke day before 27th birthday

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He was the child star of the hit FOX show 'Malcolm in the Middle.' But now Frankie Muniz is going through a health scare – over the weekend he was rushed to a valley hospital after suffering a mini stroke.

He's just 26 years old and according to TMZ, his friends took him to an ER here in Arizona after the former actor started having trouble speaking and understanding words.

Tuesday, the 26-year-old tweeted: "I was in the hospital last Friday. I suffered a 'Mini Stroke', which was not fun at all. Have to start taking care of my body. Getting old."

A mini stroke happens when blood flow to the brain is stopped temporarily. The symptoms typically last for 1 to 2 hours.

"Your face can start to droop, you can have slurred speech. Your arm could go numb," says Suneil Jain, doctor of naturopathic medicine.

Dr. Suneil Jain says people can have a mini stroke for variety of reasons.

"It is definitely a wake-up call."

The doctor says a mini stroke can be a warning signs of more serious issues to come.

"Lifestyle is one of the biggest things. Genetics. But if you have preexisting conditions, diabetes especially, obesity, these all predispose you to having a stroke and we are starting to see this in a younger population."

Studies have shown that about 10 percent of people who have these mini strokes have a major stroke within 3 months.

According to TMZ, doctors told Muniz to take it easy. He turns 27 Wednesday.

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