Transient Ischaemic Attacks
A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) often referred to as a 'mini-stroke', happens when the brain's blood supply is interrupted for a very brief time.
In a TIA, the affected part of the brain is without oxygen for just a few minutes. A TIA is a sign that part of the brain is not getting enough blood and that there is a risk of a more serious stroke in the future. So it is urgent that any individual suffering with symptoms seeks specialist advice without delay.
What are the symptoms?
The first signs that someone is having or has had a TAI are usually very sudden. Symptoms include:
- Numbness, weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
- Slurred speech or difficulty finding words or understanding speech
- Blurred vision or loss of sight
- Confusion or unsteadiness
- Severe headache
The symptoms of a TIA are very similar to a stroke but they are temporary - lasting a few minutes or hours, and then disappearing completely.
What treatment is available?
Improving your chances of a better recovery after a TAI or stroke will depend largely on the quality of the rehabilitation support you receive, combined with your own motivation and determination to overcome the physical and emotional changes that a stroke can cause.
The London Brain Centre works closely with the Wellington Hospital's Rehabilitation Unit, which is the largest and most well resourced private Neuro Rehabilitation Unit in the country
New enquiries are always welcome from GP's, patients and their relatives about the opportunity for those suffering with the effects of a stroke to access this service.