Sudden loss of strength or altered sensation, dizziness and loss of balance or coordination can be symptoms of a Transient Ischaemic Attack, they can be both a warning sign and an opportunity for early treatment
Transient ischaemic attack (TIA) is a subtype of stroke, it causes similar symptoms, but usually only lasts a few minutes without leaving any permanent damage.
TIA is frequently a warning sign. Between 1 and 3 people who have a transient ischaemic attack will have a stroke (cerebrovascular accident) at some point, half within the following year.
A TIA can be a warning sign as well as an opportunity – a warning that a cerebrovascular accident is imminent, and an opportunity to take measures to prevent it.
- Weakness, numbness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg, generally on one side of the body.
- Difficulty speaking or understanding others.
- Blindness in one or both eyes, double vision.
- Dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- A sudden, severe headache with no apparent cause.
- It is possible you will have more than one TIA, recurrent signs and symptoms can be similar or different depending on the area of the brain involved.
Given that TIAs occur more frequently hours or days before a stroke, it is essential to seek medical care immediately after an assumed TIA. Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect that you have had a transient ischaemic attack. Rapid assessment and identification of the potentially treatable effects can help you to prevent a stroke.
The doctors at HC Marbella are experienced in diseases of the cerebral blood vessels (cerebrovascular neurologists), diagnostic imaging and blood vessel disorders (interventional neuroradiologists), blood vessel disorders and cerebral surgery (vascular neurosurgeons), exercise medicine and rehabilitation and emergency medicine as well as other areas. Working together, they provide prompt diagnosis and treatment to those who run the risk of suffering a stroke.
Having all the experts in one centre, focused on your care, ensures that you do not only rely on one opinion, but that your medical care is analysed by a team. It ensures that the results of your tests are available quickly, that consultations are coordinated and that the experts most specialised in stroke work together for you..
At HC Marbella our highly experienced specialists –Dr. Jesús Romero Imbroda– use the most advanced equipment available.
Sources: HC Marbella / Mayo Clinic
December 11, 2019
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