Transient Ischemic Attack Symptoms Should Be Examined by a Medical Professional

Transient ischemic attack (TIA) symptoms are nearly identical to the symptoms of a full stroke, but usually don’t cause long-term damage to the brain tissue like full strokes will. The reason for this is that a TIA is caused by a temporary blood clot that restricts blood flow to the brain only long enough to present symptoms for a few minutes. However, TIAs, or “mini strokes,” can still be dangerous in the long run, as they are often warning indicators of strokes in the future.

Because of the nature of TIAs as “warning strokes,” a patient suspected of having a mini stroke should always be examined by a physician to determine the likelihood of a future stroke. The symptoms of a TIA include:

  • Speech that is slurred or garbled
  • Difficulty understanding when other people speak
  • Weakness, numbness, or paralysis, usually in the face, arm, or leg on only one side of the body
  • Blindness in at least one eye or blurred or double vision
  • Severe headaches
  • Confusion, lack of balance, or poor coordination

At Tampa General Hospital, our dedicated stroke team of medical professionals comprises interventional neuro-radiologists, stroke attending physicians, and radiology, laboratory, and emergency staff, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for convenience in emergency situations. We are always ready to provide individualized treatment for patients through a personal risk reduction plan, which can significantly help protect our patients from the danger of future strokes. In fact, TGH is the first state-accredited comprehensive stroke center on Florida’s west coast to receive national Comprehensive Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, distinguishing us as a leader in stroke diagnostics and treatment.

If you suspect that you or a loved one are experiencing transient ischemic attack symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately to request transport to the nearest comprehensive stroke treatment center.