Unfortunately, many people ignore stroke symptoms when they disappear
and suffer a full blown stroke within 90 days to a year. A transient
ischemic attack (TIA) is no less dangerous than a stroke even when the
symptoms disappear within 24 hours. They are sometimes called “mini
strokes”, but should really be called warning strokes.
A TIA is caused by a clot. The only difference between a TIA and a
full-blown stroke is that with the TIA the blockage is temporary. The
symptoms occur rapidly and last a relatively short period of time—less
than five minutes, with the average about a minute. While they do not
cause permanent brain damage, they are a serious warning sign that a
stroke may happen in the future and should not be ignored.
The greatest risk is in the first week, and that is why it is important
to seek immediate medical attention.
A TIA should be considered a warning sign of an impending
stroke, Call 911 or go to the emergency room right away. Time lost is
brain lost. Remember F.A.S.T.
F – Face Drooping
A – Arm Weakness
S – Speech Difficulty
T – Time to Call 911
You may also experience:
Sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance or
Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Your treatment plan may include medications such as anti-platelet drugs
or anticoagulants, procedures such as a carotid angioplasty to open up a
clogged artery or preventive surgery such as a carotid endarterectomy to
clear the carotid arteries of fatty deposits before another TIA or
full-blown stroke occurs.
if you believe you or someone else is experiencing a medical emergency.
For more information about Stroke Care at Main Line Health call 1.866.CALL.MLH.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.