Many people are unaware of mini-strokes, also known as transient ischemic attacks, or TIA. According to www.nhs.uk, TIA is caused by a temporary disruption in blood supply to part of the brain, resulting in a lack of oxygen to the brain. A TIA is a temporary period of symptoms similar to those of a stroke, usually lasting a few minutes and not causing permanent damage.
The most common symptoms of TIA include:
- Dysphasia or language disorder
- Dysarthria or physical difficulty when speaking
- Vision changes, confusion, and balance issues
- Tingling, dizziness, and passing out
- Weakness or numbness in the face, arm, or leg (often on one side of the body)
- Severe headache, abnormal sense of taste and smell
If you or your loved one experiences these symptoms, call a doctor right away. TIAs most often occur just hours or days before a full ischemic stroke (the most common type of stroke). A TIA can serve as a warning and prevention. Prompt medical attention may help prevent a stroke.
Certain factors can increase your risk of TIA such as:
- Family history
- High blood pressure
- Prior TIA
- Poor cardiac health
- Sickle cell disease
If you or your loved one has had a TIA, consider skilled nursing care in the home. A healthcare professional can help monitor health and promote stroke prevention.
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