TIAs

Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs)

Similar to a stroke, a transient ischemic attack, also referred to as a TIA, or sometimes a “mini stroke,” can happen when the blood flow to a certain portion of your brain is blocked, but for a short time only. In that case, damage to the cells of the brain is not a permanent condition.

TIAs — like ischemic strokes — are quite often due to blood clots. And while TIAs are not considered complete strokes, they substantially increase the risk that you will have a stroke in the future. If you have a TIA, it’s vital for your physician to determine what caused it, so they can aid you in preventing a stroke.

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  • Emergency care is required in the event of either a stroke or a TIA.

    Diagnosing a TIA

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  • Like a stroke, the following symptoms can occur with a TIA:

    • Paralysis (an inability to move) or numbness of the face, arms, or legs, especially on one side of the body
    • Sudden weakness
    • Trouble speaking or understanding speech
    • Confusion
    • Sudden and severe headache
    • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
    • Dizziness, trouble walking, loss of balance or coordination, and unexplained falls
    • Problems breathing
    • Loss of consciousness

    They generally don’t last more than 1 or 2 hours, but can possibly last up to 24 hours.

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  • Treatment for TIAs

    TIAs are treated with medicines such as a tPA, medical procedures such as a carotid endarterectomy, and lifestyle changes.