You may know someone who has had a TIA (sometimes called a mini stroke). By reading this blog you can be prepared in case it happens to you or someone you love.
TIA stands for transient ischemic attack. Many people call this a ‘mini stroke’. It has the same cause as a stroke and is caused by a blockage in a blood vessel to the brain or eye. Transient means it comes and then goes. This is because a TIA is a brief interruption to the blood flow to part of your brain rather than a permanent blockage. A permanent blockage is called a stroke and usually leads to permanent disability.
The symptoms of a TIA may only last a few minutes but it can be a warning of a major stroke so it’s important to seek medical help. Doctors at the hospital will do tests to see what caused the blockage and can give you medicine and advice to reduce your chance of having a stroke that causes permanent disability.
What are the signs?
Sudden onset of any of the following:
What should I do?
The initial symptoms of a TIA or a stroke are identical. About one out of every three people who have a TIA will end up having a stroke. A stroke is most likely within the first two days after a TIA.
At hospital they can do tests to check what caused your TIA. Doctors can prescribe medicine:
Reducing your risk of TIA or stroke:
Most important if you or someone else has symptoms of a TIA – the person must go straight to hospital.
Written by Linda Caddick
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