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Signs and Symptoms of Transient Ischemic Attacks | TIAs

Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are commonly referred to as “mini-strokes”.  Transient ischemic attacks are often a precursor to a having a regular stroke.  In fact, one in three people who experience TIAs go on to have a stroke within the following year.  Transient ischemic attacks have the same signs and symptoms of a stroke, but they last only a few minutes.  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of transient ischemic attacks below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, supportive natural therapies, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and symptoms of Transient Ischemic Attacks | TIAs include:

  • Temporary loss of speech
  • Temporary loss of vison
  • Double vision
  • Disordered behavior
  • Disordered memory
  • Garbled speech
  • Disordered behavior patterns
  • Sudden weakness on one side of the body
  • Loss of coordination
  • Paralysis, on one side of the body
  • Numbness or heaviness in your face, arm or leg, on one side of the body
  • Headache

If you suspect you are having a TIA, get medical help immediately.  There is no way to know if you are having signs and symptoms of a TIA or a regular stroke.  The symptoms of a TIA and a regular stroke are the same; the only difference is that TIAs last only a few minutes.  A TIA or stoke occurs when a blood clot blocks one of the main arteries leading to the brain.  With a TIA, the blood clot dissolves after a few minutes, leaving no permanent damage.  With a stroke, the damage is permanent.

Diagnosis of Transient Ischemic Attacks | TIAs

A diagnosis of a transient ischemic attack | TIA is often made in the emergency department based on the presenting symptoms.  Follow-up tests done to confirm a diagnosis of a TIA include:  A carotid ultrasonography, which tests of the narrowing of the arteries in the neck; a CT scan or MRI, which can look at the arteries and brain; and an arteriography, which gives a image of arteries in the brain not normally seen with a CT scan or on a MRI.

Book and Articles For People With transient Ischemic Attacks | TIAs

21st Century Ultimate Medical Guide to Strokes, Cerebrovascular Disease, and Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs) – Authoritative Clinical Information for Physicians and Patients (Two CD-ROM Set)
PM Medical Health News
2009 Conquering Strokes, Cerebrovascular Disease, and Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs) – The Empowered Patient’s Complete Reference – Diagnosis, Treatment Options, Prognosis (Two CD-ROM Set)
PM Medical Health News

21st Century Complete Medical Guide to Stroke, Cerebrovascular Accidents (CVA), Cerebrovascular Disease, Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA), Brain Attacks: … for Patients and Physicians (CD-ROM)
PM Medical Health News
The Official Patient’s Sourcebook On Transient Ischemic Attack: Directory For The Internet Age
Icon Health Publications

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Resources

General Patient Resources

  • American Stroke Association

A TIA, or Transient Ischemic Attack, is a “mini-stroke” and should be taken very seriously. Reviees the warning signs of a TIA, andmore.

  • WD

List of 23 disease causes of Transient ischemic attack, patient stories, diagnostic guides. Diagnostic checklist, medical tests, doctor questions, and more.

  • Experience Project

I Have Transient Ischemic Attack - Transient Ischemic Attack anonymous support group with information on diagnosis, treatment, symptoms, along with personal stories and experiences with Transient Ischemic Attack. You’re not alone.

  • About . com

Heart Health Center Guide – ministrokes and what they mean.

Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment of this neurological condition.

  • Pub Med Health

Reviews causes, risk factors,symptoms, treatment, prognosis and complications.

  • Medline Plus

A service of the US National Library of Medicine.