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.
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:
- 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.