Symptoms of Transient Ischemic Attack
Symptoms of Transient Ischemic Attack: Introduction
Symptoms of a transient ischemic attack differ depending on a variety of factors, including age, coexisting diseases, medical history, and the type and size of the area of the brain tissue that is affected. Typical symptoms are similar to symptoms of a stroke. However, symptoms of a transient ischemic attack only last for a few minutes to about an hour or so, go away by themselves, and do not result in permanent neurological or brain damage.
In contrast, without prompt treatment, symptoms of a stroke are longer lasting and result in permanent neurological and brain damage. However, because it is difficult to tell the difference between a transient ischemic attack and a stroke without a medical evaluation,
it is critical that anyone with symptoms of either condition seek immediate emergency medical care.
Symptoms of transient ischemic attack include weakness or numbness in the face, arm or leg on one side of the body. Dizziness, headache, loss of coordination and falls may occur. There may also be confusion, changes in vision, loss of vision, slurred speech, and difficulty in understanding others.
Complications of transient ischemic attack include falls and injury, and a dramatically higher risk of having a stroke....more about Transient Ischemic Attack »
Symptoms of Transient Ischemic Attack
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Transient Ischemic Attack: Complications
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- Stroke - a TIA indicates an oncoming full stroke in about a third of cases.
- Recurrent TIAs - some cases have recurrences of TIAs, and in some severe cases, several TIAs daily.
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Transient Ischemic Attack: Undiagnosed Conditions
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Wrongly Diagnosed with Transient Ischemic Attack?
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NINDS Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)
TIA symptoms, which usually occur suddenly, are
similar to those of stroke but do not last as long. Most symptoms of a TIA
disappear within an hour, although they may persist for up to 24 hours.
Symptoms can include: numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg,
especially on one side of the body; confusion or difficulty in talking or
understanding speech; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; and difficulty
with walking, dizziness, or loss of balance and coordination.
(Source: excerpt from NINDS Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Information Page: NINDS)
Keep your heart and blood vessels healthy: NIDDK (Excerpt)
A stroke happens when part of your brain is not getting enough blood
and stops working. Depending on the part of the brain that is damaged, a
stroke can cause
- Sudden weakness or numbness of your face, arm, or leg on one side of
- Sudden confusion, trouble talking, or trouble understanding.
- Sudden dizziness, loss of balance, or trouble walking.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes or sudden double
- Sudden severe headache.
Sometimes, one or more of these warning signs may happen and then
disappear. You might be having a "mini-stroke," also called a TIA
(transient [TRAN-see-unt] ischemic [is-KEE-mik] attack). If you have any
of these warning signs, tell your doctor right away. (Source: excerpt from Keep your heart and blood vessels healthy: NIDDK)
Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS (Excerpt)
Mild to moderate headaches are associated with transient ischemic
attacks (TIA's), sometimes called "mini-strokes,"which result from a
temporary lack of blood supply to the brain. The head pain occurs near the
clot or lesion that blocks blood flow. The similarity between migraine and
symptoms of TIA can cause problems in diagnosis. The rare person under age
40 who suffers a TIA may be misdiagnosed as having migraine; similarly,
TIA-prone older patients who suffer migraine may be misdiagnosed as having
stroke-related headaches. (Source: excerpt from Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS)
Transient Ischemic Attack as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions
When considering symptoms of Transient Ischemic Attack, it is also important to consider Transient Ischemic Attack as a possible cause of other medical conditions.
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