A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is like a stroke in that it has similar symptoms, but it only lasts a few minutes and causes no permanent damage or disabilities. It is often referred to as a mini-stroke. TIA happens when there is not enough oxygen reaching the brain. This is often due to a blood clot that remains for a short period. When the clot breaks up or moves on, symptoms subside.
The warning signs for a TIA are the same as a stroke:
• Numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body
• Confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech
• Difficulty walking
• Loss of balance or coordination
• Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Many people don’t know the symptoms of stroke until it’s too late. Be proactive and educated about the warning signs of stroke and act – F. A. S. T.
F – Face drooping
A – Arm weakness
S – Speech slurred
T – Time to call 911
The American Stroke Association (ASA) urges people not to ignore a TIA, as it can be a warning of a future, full-blown stroke. Take the warning seriously and don’t delay.