Signs of a TIA

Noticing the signs of a transient ischemic attack (TIA) can reduce your risk of stroke and save your life. With reports showing that about 500,000 Americans experience a TIA every year, you should know what to look for in case it ever happens to you. 

At Neurology Consultants of Arizona in Scottsdale, board-certified neurologist, Luay Shayya, MD, and the rest of our team have the expertise to educate you about the signs of a TIA and help eliminate your risk of stroke, as well.

TIA explained

A TIA is also known as a “mini stroke” that should serve as a warning sign that a larger stroke could happen. This type of stroke occurs when you have a blood clot that blocks an artery leading to your brain. But it only happens temporarily.

Although a TIA doesn’t cause permanent damage, you could be in danger of having a larger stroke, which is why you need to know about its symptoms.

Symptoms of a TIA

A TIA’s symptoms are similar to that of a large stroke. Here’s what to look for:

  • Dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble with your vision
  • Weakness in your body

With a TIA, you only have these symptoms for a short period of time, typically just for a few minutes, but don’t ignore them. Studies show that about 12% of all stroke patients experience a TIA beforehand. Your symptoms are a red flag that you could be in danger of a larger stroke ahead. You need to get examined right away, so don’t delay.

Prevention of a TIA

In some cases, you can’t change your risk for a TIA because of factors such as family history, age, or sickle cell disease. 

In other cases, your advocacy for your health can help you prevent a TIA from ever happening to you. 

Healthy practices include:

  • Monitor your blood pressure
  • Stay away from saturated and trans fats
  • Keep your weight within a healthy range
  • Don’t smoke
  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Eat a diet high in healthy nutrients
  • Control your diabetes
  • Stay active 

If you experience signs of a TIA, we recommend that you call 911. We also advise you to see Dr. Shayya and our team for routine checkups and a regular stroke risk assessment. In addition, we can help create a plan for stroke prevention. 

To learn more or to schedule a consultation, call our office or book your appointment online today. You can also send a message to Dr. Shayya if you have any questions.

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