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Mini Strokes: Symptoms and Causes of Transient Ischemic Attacks

Mini Strokes: Symptoms and Causes of Transient Ischemic Attacks

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
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • 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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