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Mini Stroke Symptoms (TIA)-Transient Ischemic Attack Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Updated on May 27, 2017

TIA (Mini-Stroke) Symptoms

TIA Mini-stroke symptoms should not be ignored. No way to tell if it is a mini stroke or not until a couple days later
TIA Mini-stroke symptoms should not be ignored. No way to tell if it is a mini stroke or not until a couple days later | Source

What Is A TIA Stroke (Mini Stroke)

A TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) is also referred to as a "mini stroke." It is a stroke that lasts less than about 24 hours and then goes away. The TIA's normally don't do any brain damage that is permanent, however; it is still considered a stroke and can't be ignored. Within about 3 months, statistics show about 10 to 15% of people that had a TIA, will have a regular stroke.

So, although it is considered a mini stroke, you can see they are something to take very seriously and get to a physician immediately.

Recovering From Stroke

Stroke Rehabilitation: A Function-Based Approach, 3e
Stroke Rehabilitation: A Function-Based Approach, 3e

This is a very interesting book talking about rehabilitation and what you can do to recover from a stroke.

 

Symptoms of a TIA (Mini Stroke)

There are symptoms of a TIA that must not be ignored. They are as follows: Please remember, that these symptoms are also the same as a stroke. Only difference is that a TIA lasts less than 1 day (24 hrs.)

  • Sudden trouble seeing either in one eye or both

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in your face and/or especially one side of the body

  • Sudden confusion or unability to speak or think
  • Sudden loss of balance or walking

If you have any of these symptoms, they suggest to call 911 or go to the hospital immediately. If the TIA is treated right away, recovery chances are greater

Stroke

TIA is the same as having a regular stroke. So take it seriously
TIA is the same as having a regular stroke. So take it seriously | Source

What Causes a TIA

Blood clots and blocked arteries are usually the culprits when it comes to having a TIA. Also, plaque build up in the blood vessel to the brain can cause a mini-stroke as well.

A TIA and Stroke are the same thing remember. The medical community says to seek medical attention immediately. There is no way for you to know when you are having a stroke if it will be a TIA or a regular stroke. Plus, a TIA can recur within a couple days.

Treatment of TIA (Mini-Stroke)

There are a few treatments they can try for a TIA. Your physician will let you know which is best in your case, however; I did find these treatment options that some recommend:

  • Taking aspirin every day
  • Controlling cholesterol levels
  • Controlling blood pressure
  • Unclogging the artery (if that's what caused the TIA)

*Please Note: I am not a physician or a nurse. I have had family that had a TIA. She had 2 TIAs in 3 days. I thought I would pass some information along to you. I'll be honest, I never really knew what a TIA was exactly until a family member had them. Hope this information helped you on what to look for and when you should seek medical attention. Thanks for reading!

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stroke- pictures of brain on mri | Source

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      Lisa 3 years ago from Central USA

      Thank you- stepmother had 2 in 3 days. I have known several people close to me that has had Tia

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      Deb Welch 3 years ago

      Useful information - done well. Thanks. It is so important to take good care of oneself in hopes of not coming close to a TIA or Stroke.

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