Mini Stroke Treatment and Prevention
Immediate mini stroke treatment is important for a person to receive as soon as possible after experiencing a mini stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA), even after the symptoms have ceased. This is because a TIA is often a warning sign that a full stroke may occur in the near future, and timely medical attention is necessary to reduce the risk of future strokes and other related conditions.
Patients typically undergo a physician’s examination first to determine the cause of the TIA and the likelihood of a future stroke occurring, since there are many potential causes for strokes. Then, based on the results, mini stroke treatment can begin, which focuses on decreasing the risk of a future stroke and may include the following:
- Medicines that reopen narrow arteries, such as warfarin, clopidogrel, and aspirin
- Dietary changes and medicine to reduce high blood pressure
- Diet, exercise, and medicine to control diabetes
- Lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking and exercising more
Tampa General Hospital is a state-licensed comprehensive stroke center and is distinguished as the first hospital on the west coast of Florida to receive the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program’s Comprehensive Stroke Certification, the highest national designation. Our dedicated multispecialty stroke team, which includes attending physicians, neuro-radiologists, and laboratory, radiology, and emergency staff, is available at all hours every day of the year to offer patients the best emergency stroke diagnosis and treatment possible.
Anyone who experiences TIA stroke symptoms of a TIA – which can include speech, arm weakness, and facial drooping – should have someone call 911 immediately, even if symptoms cease, for transportation to the nearest comprehensive stroke treatment center for emergency mini stroke diagnosis and care.