Transient Ischemic Attack Care Provided at Tampa General Hospital
A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a brief episode that is similar to a stroke, but not quite as severe. Both transient ischemic attacks and strokes involve a disruption of blood flow to the brain, and the symptoms of each condition are virtually identical. However, with a TIA, the symptoms last for only a few minutes or hours, and do not result in long-term complications. Transient episodes still warrant emergency medical attention, as a physician will need to ensure that the experience was a transient ischemic attack and not a stroke. Additionally, because these attacks can increase a patient’s risk of experiencing a major ischemic stroke in the future, a physician may recommend treatments such as:
- Anti-platelet drugs to make platelets less likely to stick together and form a clot
- Anti-coagulant medications to keep blood from clotting as rapidly as it otherwise would
- Surgery to clear the carotid arteries of excess plaque deposits
- Angioplasty or stenting to keep clogged arties open
Tampa General Hospital offers specialized medical care for transient ischemic attack episodes and all types of stroke at our comprehensive stroke center. We are equipped to treat patients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with surgical and neuroscience intensive care facilities accessible at all times. Additionally, we offer the most advanced imaging technologies in the field of stroke care, allowing us to promptly diagnose neurological events and identify high-risk abnormalities that require additional care. With a multispecialty team of vascular neurologists, neurosurgeons, critical care physicians, neuroradiologists, and other medical professionals on staff, we can provide patients with a customized risk reduction plan. This, in turn, can help patients take on a more proactive role in protecting their health from future strokes. If you are experiencing speech difficulties, confusion, loss of vision and/or balance or numbness on one side of the body, you may be experiencing the symptoms of a transient ischemic attack, otherwise known as a mini stroke. You should immediately call 9-1-1 and ask to be taken to your nearest comprehensive stroke center.