How much do you know about stroke?
A transient ischemic attack
(TIA), or mini-stroke
, is often a warning sign of a full-on stroke to come. It occurs when a blood clot interrupts blood flow to the brain. It can last a few minutes or up to 24 hours but, unlike a major stroke, TIAs produce no lasting visible damage and disappear quickly.
Research has shown that patients who have had a TIA are likely to experience a second TIA or a debilitating stroke within days or weeks. Time is crucial to evaluate a TIA and its implications for each patient.
Through a TIA evaluation, the experts at Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center can identify your level of risk for stroke in the future and lower that risk by prescribing medications to help keep other blood clots from forming. We can also treat existing medical conditions such as diabetes, heart or blood pressure problems, high cholesterol or other conditions that increase the risk of stroke.