Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
A transient ischemic attack (TIA) occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked temporarily. TIA causes stroke symptoms that last for a short time, then go away. This is why TIAs are called “mini-strokes.” Having a TIA means there is a problem that should be corrected.
TIAs are a warning that a more serious stroke may occur. One-third of all stroke patients had TIA symptoms before their stroke. To prevent a future stroke, you must get treatment for a TIA.
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Symptoms
The symptoms you get with a TIA depend on the area of the brain affected.
TIA symptoms may include:
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness on one side of your body (in your face, arm, or leg)
- Trouble talking or understanding others
- Sudden confusion
- Change in vision (double vision, blurred vision, dimmed vision, or loss of vision)
- Trouble with swallowing
Treatment Options for a Transient Ischemic Attack
Your doctor may perform a series of testing after you've had a TIA. If you have a high risk of stroke, you may have to stay in the hospital for treatment.
Your treatment for a TIA may include taking medicines, such as blood thinners or Aspirin.
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