Identify a TIA… aka Ministroke

TIA in slang terms can mean “thanks in advance” .. “take it away” .. “that is all”..  but Seniors may use it to refer to a ministroke or a “transient ischemic attack” (TIA). With great resources to understand the difference between a Stroke and a TIA, you can be ahead of the curve in knowing.. “A TIA is a brief blockage of blood flow to part of the brain, spinal cord or the thin layer of tissue at the back of the eye known as the retina. This blockage may cause temporary stroke-like symptoms. (This is most frequently caused by tiny blood clots that temporarily occlude a portion of the brain.) But a TIA doesn’t damage brain cells or cause permanent disability. This is how it differs from a regular stroke.  A TIA is often an early warning sign that a person is at risk of stroke. About 1 in 3 people who has a TIA goes on to experience a stroke. The risk of stroke is especially high within 48 hours of a TIA.”.. Symptoms of TIA usually last only a few minutes but they may persist for up to 24 hours & it’s important to seek medical attention.

“You may have tests such as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan or a computerized tomography (CT) scan. The tests can help determine what caused the TIA. You also may need tests to look for possible causes related to the heart or blood vessels. These tests may include heart rhythm monitoring, magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) or CT angiography (CTA).  Depending on the underlying cause, you may need medicine to prevent blood clots. Or you may need a procedure to remove fatty deposits, known as plaques, from the arteries that supply blood to your brain. This procedure is called a carotid endarterectomy.”

I would say “that is all” but there’s alot more to learn, so “thanks in advance” for getting a better understanding! To see more details, explore our top sources: