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What is a transient ischemic attack?

What is a transient ischemic attack?

TIA: A transient ischemic attack is caused by the transient blockage of a blood vessel in the brain. Symptoms depend on the blood vessel being blocked. For example, symptoms can include weakness, numbness, confusion, difficulty speaking, changes in vision, dizziness, etc. The seriousness depends on the cause of the blockage (blood clots, atherosclerosis, etc) and the medical problems of the patient. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Transient Ischemic Attack (Definition)

Tia (transitory ischemic attack) happens when blood supply to a certain area of the brain gets cut off temporarily. This causes a neurologic deficit - weakness, numbness, visual deficit or difficulty with speech. While TIA usually resolves, it indicates that there is a problem with your heart or blood vessels that can cause ...Read more


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What is a transient ischemic attack?

What is a  transient ischemic attack?

TIA: Tia (transitory ischemic attack) happens when blood supply to a certain area of the brain gets cut off temporarily. This causes a neurologic deficit - weakness, numbness, visual deficit or difficulty with speech. While TIA usually resolves, it indicates that there is a problem with your heart or blood vessels that can cause another TIA or stroke. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for a transient ischemic attack?

What are the symptoms for a transient ischemic attack?

Mini stroke.: Sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement in your face, arm, or leg, especially on only one side of your body. Sudden vision changes. Sudden trouble speaking.Sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements.Sudden problems with walking or balance.A sudden, severe headache that is different from past headaches. If symptoms last longer than an hour, could be stroke. ...Read more

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What are the complications of transient ischemic attack?

Stroke: Most feared complication of a TIA is a stroke. Stroke can potentially be large and very debilitating. Tia necessitates careful evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a transient ischemic attack in your 20's?

Rare: While possible, it is quite rare. Certain genetic syndromes, blood vessel abnormalities can result in strokes and tias in young adults. If there are concerning symptoms, such as one-sided weakness, numbness, speech difficulty or visual deficit, you should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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How can we prevent transient ischemic attack?

How can we prevent transient ischemic attack?

Healthy lifestyle: General recommendation is to control blood pressure, cholesterol levels, glucose levels (if diabetic), adhere to a healthy diet (mediterranean is great!), quit smoking and be physically active (at least 30 minutes per day 3 times a week). Aspirin is commonly used unless there is an indication for a blood thinner. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish transient ischemic attack from a cva? 

How can you distinguish transient ischemic attack from a cva? 

A warning: A tia, change in function of a part of the body due to loss of blood supply in the brain lasting less than a day, is a warning of more serious problems that might arise in the near future. You should quickly visit your doctor or a neurologist, discuss the symptoms and then a decision can be made about study of the source of the TIA and proper therapy. ...Read more

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Is a transient ischemic attack considered the same thing as an acute stroke?

Is a transient ischemic attack considered the same thing as an acute stroke?

Possibly: A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is caused by the transient blockage of a blood vessel in the brain, which causes symptoms (weakness, numbness, changes in vision, difficulty speaking, etc.) because the nerve cells aren't working when the blood vessel is blocked. If the blockage is brief (< 1 hour) there may be no damage. If the blockage lasts longer, damage (a stroke) may occur. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is transient ischemic attack considered an acute stroke?

Hoping you can tell me, is transient ischemic attack considered an acute stroke?

Yes: Yes indeed. When neurologic symptoms start suddenly we always considered it an acute stroke. If they pass within few minutes or hours completely, they get labeled tia. If they stay and there are changes on mri, then we call it a stroke. But for all practical purposes, TIA is considered an acute stroke at the onset. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for transient ischemic attack?

What is the treatment for transient ischemic attack?

Healthy lifestyle: General recommendation is to control blood pressure, cholesterol levels, glucose levels (if diabetic), adhere to a healthy diet (mediterranean is great!), quit smoking and be physically active (at least 30 minutes per day 3 times a week). Aspirin is commonly used as a first medication unless there is an indication for a blood thinner. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ajluni
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Mini Stroke (Definition)

Mini-stroke, also called a transient ischemic attack (TIA), is a condition where there is insufficient blood flow to a part of the brain causing sudden weakness or loss of sensation that lasts for minutes or hours. Unlike a stroke, it resolves and there is ...Read more