What Are Mini Strokes?
What are mini-strokes or T.I.A's and what causes them? Signs and symptoms of mini-strokes
How many times have we heard the doctor or nurses mention the term T.I.A.s without explaining what it means? Well, we will attempt to explain this well known term in plain English.
A T.I.A. or Transit Ischemic Attack is
also known as mini-strokes. The term means a temporary decrease in the blood supply to part of the brain. When this happens, the affected part of the brain is temporarily unable to function normally.
T.I.A.s can strike either males or females and usually after the age of 40.
Symptoms can last from several minutes to a few hours.
Symptoms are as follows:
1. Loss of muscle functions on one side of the
4. Tingling in the arms and legs
6. Vision problems or temporary blindness
8. Faintness without loss of consciousness
9. Slurred speech or even the inability to speak
T.I.A.s are caused by partial blockage,by a small blood clot, in a small artery in the brain or a larger artery, usually the carotid artery in the
neck, that supplies blood to the brain arteries.
The blockage is what causes the stroke like sypmtoms.
Your risk increase if you smoke, have diabetes, heart problems, or have a family history of strokes.
If you are experinceing any of these symptoms, it is important that you see your doctor. He can treat you with anti-coagulants, or blood thinners. He may even have you take aspirin before
placing you on anti-coagulants. If this goes untreated, it could lead to strokes.
T.I.A.s are likely to recur. A person may have several attacks daily or only 2 or 3 over several years. The symptoms of each attack may be similar or quite different from the others. In some people symptoms appear repeatedly without leaving
If you are experincing T.I.A.s, do not drive.
It is so important to see your family doctor if you are having any symptoms or problems with the
medications he has prescribed.
With anti-coagulants, it is important that you follow your doctor’s strick instructions on how to take this medication and have regular lab test to check your coagulation time. In other words, to see if it is to thin or still to thick. If it is to thick, your medication will have to be regulated again, until you reach the desired level, to prevent blood clots.