Mini Strokes (Transient Ischemic Attacks) Are More Common Than You Might Think

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: August 17, 2020

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A transient ischemic attack also known as a TIA, is a mini version of a stroke that occurs when a blood clot clogs an artery for a short period of time. The only difference between a full on stroke and mini stroke is that a TIA the blockage temporary and dislodges itself.

Symptoms come on quickly and last a relatively short time. The difference is that unlike a stroke, when a TIA is over, there’s no permanent injury to the body or the brain.

During a stroke event there is no way to tell if it’s a TIA or a stroke so please call for help the moment you notice symptoms.

What happens during a TIA is this: Atherosclerotic plaque reduces the blood flow in the internal carotid artery. If the plaque ruptures, tiny pieces can clot with blood forming chunks which travel through the blood stream into the brain. This is what is known as an embolus. Should it get stuck anywhere in a small artery, it stops the blood flow to the brain.

If your body is able to dissolve the blockage, blood flow will return and no damage will be done (a TIA). Should it remain stuck and continue to clot and block a full stroke may occur with resulting damage.

Signs of a stroke to watch out for include:

Confusion, trouble speaking, mixing up words

Sight issues in one or both eyes

Trouble walking, lack of coordination. Raise both arms. If one drifts downward this is a sign you are having a stroke.

Numbness in the face, especially in one side. If you try and smile only one side of your face may rise.

Severe sudden onset headache without a known cause

It is important to get help immediately. Dial 911. Stroke treatment works best if recognized and diagnosed within 3 hours. Make sure to note the time symptoms begin to appear.

For more circulatory information and articles check back often here at Tampa Cardiovascular Associates of Tampa Bay Florida are here for you no matter what your question or condition. 813-975-2800. Call today for your appointment.

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: 17/08/2020

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