Transient ischemic attack (TIA, Mini-Stroke): A neurological event with the signs and symptoms of a stroke, but which go away within a short period of time. A mild stroke or a TIA is a warning and should not be ignored!
“What Should I Do?”
Take Immediate Action!
A Glenn, your question posted in our comments about a mild stroke “going away” is a good one. Let’s say you have a mild stroke or temporary symptoms caused by a transient ischemic attack (TIA), often called a “mini-stroke.” A TIA occurs when the blood supply to the brain is temporarily interrupted or cut off, resulting in a sudden, brief decrease in brain function.
Symptoms can be subtle and fleeting: They typically last less than an hour. The advice for these milder events is the same: Call 911, right away, for urgent evaluation and care. If you have a mild stroke or TIA, do not assume that you have dodged the bullet. In fact, a TIA is a warning that you are at potentially higher risk for a more severe neurological event or full-blown stroke, which could occur anywhere from minutes or hours to days later.
A recent study showed that five percent of patients with TIAs will have a stroke within 48 hours. A TIA requires urgent medical attention. If you have a stroke or TIA, work with your health care provider to determine whether you have risk factors that need to be addressed.
Who’s at Risk?
Factors that may increase your risk of stroke include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, more-than-moderate drinking, and any use of certain street drugs vape products, cocaine or methamphetamine.
To reduce your risks, your doctor might advise you to take antiplatelet medications (aspirin, for example, or blood thinners if prescribed by your physician), stop using tobacco, dangerous vape products and street drugs, begin an exercise program, (ask us about our free telehealth10k consult) and work towards dropping extra pounds to achieve a healthy weight.
In addition to knowing the warning signs of a stroke yourself, make sure that you share your history and educate your family, your co-workers, your neighbors, and your friends about the warning signs and the importance of immediately calling 911 if they suspect a stroke.
If you have a stroke or TIA, work with your health care provider to determine whether you have risk factors that need to be addressed.David Dansereau Know-Stroke.org