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Can you have a TIA and not know it?

Can you have a TIA and not know it?

However, the signs of TIA are not as easily identifiable. They include severe headache, dizziness, trouble seeing in one or both eyes, and unexplained confusion. Despite 35 percent of respondents having reported one or more of these symptoms, most of them (77 percent) had never heard of TIA.

What happens after a TIA?

Weakness or numbness in the face, arm or leg, often on one side of the body. Slurred speech or difficulty understanding others. Vision difficulties in one or both eyes. Dizziness or a loss of balance and coordination.

Can a TIA be brought on by stress?

Higher levels of stress, hostility and depressive symptoms are associated with significantly increased risk of incident stroke or TIA in middle-aged and older adults.

How do you detect a mini stroke?

Diagnostic testing consists of either a computed tomogram (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the brain and carotid arteries to determine the possible cause of the TIA.

What is the most common cause of TIA?

The blockage in the blood vessels responsible for most TIAs is usually caused by a blood clot that’s formed elsewhere in your body and travelled to the blood vessels supplying the brain. It can also be caused by pieces of fatty material or air bubbles.

How do you stop further TIAs?


  1. Don’t smoke. Stopping smoking reduces your risk of a TIA or a stroke.
  2. Limit cholesterol and fat.
  3. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  4. Limit sodium.
  5. Exercise regularly.
  6. Limit alcohol intake.
  7. Maintain a healthy weight.
  8. Don’t use illicit drugs.

What are the chances of having a second TIA?

Transient ischemic attack and minor stroke are highly predictive of a subsequent disabling stroke within hours or days of the first event. The risk of subsequent stroke after a transient ischemic attack is between 2% and 17% within the first 90 days after the initial event.

Why do I keep having TIAs?

The underlying cause of a TIA often is a buildup of cholesterol-containing fatty deposits called plaques (atherosclerosis) in an artery or one of its branches that supplies oxygen and nutrients to your brain. Plaques can decrease the blood flow through an artery or lead to the development of a clot.

What does a mini stroke feel like in your head?

If necessary measures are taken within the first hours of the symptoms, damage to the brain cells can be reduced. Other symptoms include sudden arm, leg or face weakness, sudden confusion or speaking, sudden trouble seeing, sudden trouble with balance and a sudden severe headache with no known cause.

What are the warning signs of stroke and Tia?

Use FAST to remember and recognize the following signs and symptoms of stroke: F: Face drooping. Ask the person to smile, and see if one side is drooping. A: Arm weakness. Ask the person to raise both arms. S: Speech difficulty. People having a stroke may slur their speech or have trouble speaking at all. T: Time to call 911!

What are the symptoms of a TIA?

Most TIAs actually last only five to 20 minutes. Symptoms of a TIA can include: Dizziness or confusion. Weakness or paralysis on one side of the body. Sudden, severe numbness in any part of the body. Visual disturbance, including sudden loss of vision.

How serious is Tia?

However, TIA is a serious condition that increases your risk of developing a stroke or heart attack. To prevent a stroke following a TIA you can make specific lifestyle changes and work with your doctor to develop a medication plan.

What is the best medicine for Tia?

The most commonly used anticoagulant for TIA treatment is warfarin (Coumadin®). Antiplatelet drugs prevent clotting by decreasing the activity of platelets. Doctors prescribe antiplatelet drugs mainly for prevention of another TIA. The most widely known and used antiplatelet drug is aspirin.