Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) come and go. Its also called a "Mild Stroke" a brief period of symptoms similar to those you'd have in a stroke. A temporary decrease in blood supply to part of your brain causes TIAs, which often last less than five minutes. Like an ischemic stroke, a TIA occurs when a clot or debris blocks blood flow to part of your brain. A TIA doesn't leave lasting symptoms because the blockage is temporary. But a TIA should not be ignored because it significantly increases the risk for having a stroke in the future.
Symptoms of ischemic strokes and TIAs include sudden weakness in the face, arm or leg; sudden face, arm or leg numbness; sudden difficulty speaking or understanding others; or sudden difficulty seeing or walking.
It's critically important that these symptoms never be ignored. They require immediate emergency medical care. That's true even if they go away, as in a TIA. If these symptoms lead to a full stroke, immediate treatment can prevent long-term problems. If the symptoms disappear on their own, then neurologist have ways of reducing the risk of a stroke in the future.
For a person who has had a TIA or ischemic stroke, testing can help identify why the blockage in the artery occurred. There are many potential causes of TIA or ischemic stroke. A small clot may form in the heart, break free and travel to a brain artery where it gets stuck.
It's not possible to tell if you're having a stroke or a TIA based only on your symptoms. Up to half of people whose symptoms appear to go away actually have had a stroke causing brain damage.
Many factors can increase your risk of a stroke. Some factors can also increase your chances of having a heart attack. Potentially treatable stroke risk factors include:
High blood pressure
Cigarette smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke.
Obstructive sleep apnea — a sleep disorder in which the oxygen level intermittently drops during the night.
Cardiovascular disease, including heart failure, heart defects, heart infection or abnormal heart rhythm.
Seek emergency care even if your symptoms seem to clear up. If you've had a TIA, it means there's likely a partially blocked or narrowed artery leading to your brain or a clot source in the heart. Visit your neurologist for proper and precise treatment and management. #neurologist #neurologistinmanila #winnielimkhoo #docwinnie #health #advise #consultation #treatment #cure #management #menshealth #womenshealth #manila #philippines