What is a TIA?
A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is an event, sometimes called a mini-Stroke, with Stroke symptoms that lasts less than 24 hours before disappearing. While TIAs generally do not cause permanent brain damage, they are a serious warning sign of Stroke and should not be ignored!
Up to 40 percent of all people who have experienced a TIA will go on to have an actual Stroke. Most studies show that nearly half of all Strokes occur within the first two days after a TIA.
The symptoms of a TIA are basically the same as Stroke symptoms.
If you suspect someone of having a Stroke or a TIA, act F.A.S.T. Call 911 immediately.
The goal of TIA management is to prevent a future Stroke. The medicine and therapy used depends on the exact cause of the TIA. In addition to lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, your doctor may recommend drugs to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease. These changes may reduce your risk of further TIA or Stroke.