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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.

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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.

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What causes a transient ischemic attack?

What causes a transient ischemic attack?

Blood clot: Usually a clot that occluded a blood vessel to the brain. It usually comes from a plaque on the carotid artery or the heart.

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How do you treat a TIA (transient ischemic attack)?

How do you treat a TIA (transient ischemic attack)?

TIA: Treated with Aspirin or aggrenox. Of course it needs full evaluation before treatment.

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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.

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How do you recognize a transient ischemic attack (tia)?

How do you recognize a transient ischemic attack (tia)?

TIA: A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is caused by the transient blockage of a blood vessel in the brain. The symptoms depend on the blood vessel being blocked and can be difficult to recognize because they can be very variable. For example, symptoms can include weakness, numbness, confusion, difficulty speaking, changes in vision, dizziness, etc.

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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.

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What can it mean if you have a transient ischemic attack?

What can it mean if you have a transient ischemic attack?

TIA: Tia 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.

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Transient ischemic attack - how long does it usually last?

Transient ischemic attack - how long does it usually last?

Depends: Classic definition of TIA is neurologic deficit for up to 24 hours. In reality, TIA rarely lasts more than an hour. Tias can happen several times in 24 hours as well.

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A transient ischemic attack is often a predecessor to what?

Stroke: Tia is aoften called and harbinger of stroke. Several tias can happens one after another. Often times they lead to a stroke, thus it is very important to undergo investigation and find a reason for the tia.

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What causes a TIA (transient ischemic attack) in young people?

Complex issue: Transients events can be due to heart defects, arrhythmia, blood pressure, blood sugar, drug effects, seizure, migraine, or blood vessel disorders. It would be important to have a thorough medical and neurological evaluation. Their may be genetic factors involved, especially defects in cholesterol and lipid metabolism. May be a high risk for completed stroke or even death.

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Do people ever get a transient ischemic attack (tia) at age 27?

Do people ever get a transient ischemic attack (tia) at age 27?

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.

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How can I recognize symptoms of transient ischemic attack (tia)?

How can I recognize symptoms of transient ischemic attack (tia)?

Can be subtle: It's best to discuss your exact symptoms in person with your doctor. Tias are focal neurologic deficits that last <24 hours. Typical examples are a visual field cut (like "a curtain cutting across your vision"), inabilty to talk or understand words, weakness in the hand, arm, foot, or leg - but a TIA can be subtle and hard to recognize too.

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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.

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What is the definition or description of: transient ischemic attack?

What is the definition or description of: 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.

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What is a transient ischemic attack and how serious a condition is it?

Very: Having a TIA is serious in that your risk of stroke is increased. You should see a doctor and work on reducing risk of any further symptoms.

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Can symptoms of a transient ischemic attack last more than 18-24 hours?

Depends: Classic definition of TIA is neurologic deficit for up to 24 hours. In reality, TIA rarely lasts more than an hour. Tias can happen several times in 24 hours as well.

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Any advise on lifestyle habits after a TIA (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).

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What is the prognosis after someone has experienced a transient ischemic attack?

What is the prognosis after someone has experienced a transient ischemic attack?

It depends: Tia without any underlying comorbid conditions like hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, drug abuse, sickle cell disease, lupus etc, may have good prognosis, provided enough care is taken, such as taking aspirin. If there are underlying conditions, they have to be well controlled for a better prognosis. To calculate the risk there is abcd2 score.

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If a family member experienced a transient ischemic attack, how could I recognize it?

If a family member experienced a transient ischemic attack, how could I recognize it?

TIA: A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is caused by the transient blockage of a blood vessel in the brain. The symptoms depend on the blood vessel being blocked and can be difficult to recognize because they can be very variable. For example, symptoms can include weakness, numbness, confusion, difficulty speaking, changes in vision, dizziness, etc.

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