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Queens Medical Centre

Opening hours Mon to Fri (8am to 6pm)

About Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)

 

Understanding and Managing Stroke and (TIA: A Guide for Adults

Stroke and TIA, often known as a 'mini-stroke', are serious health events that affect the brain. Stroke causes permanent damage, while a TIA doesn't — but both require immediate medical attention. Here's what you need to know about these conditions and how to manage them.

 

Stroke and TIA: What Are They?

A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off, causing brain cells to die. A TIA is similar, but the blockage is temporary — it's a warning sign that you're at risk of a full stroke.

 

Importance of Recognising Stroke and TIA

Both stroke and TIA are medical emergencies. Quick action can save lives, reduce disability, and prevent full strokes.

 

Recognising Stroke and TIA

Remember the acronym 'FAST': Face (has their face fallen on one side?), Arms (can they raise both arms?), Speech (is their speech slurred?), and Time (time to call emergency services). Other signs can include sudden loss of vision or balance.

 

Managing Stroke and TIA

After a TIA or stroke, the goal is to recover and prevent another event. This may involve:

 

Medications: To prevent blood clots, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and control specific symptoms.

 

Surgery: Procedures can sometimes remove or reduce blockages in the arteries.

 

Lifestyle changes: Healthy eating, regular exercise, smoking cessation, and moderate alcohol consumption can reduce the risk of further strokes or TIAs.

 

Living With Stroke or After a TIA

Recovery can involve physical, speech, and occupational therapy. Emotional and psychological support is also vital, as people can experience depression and anxiety after these events.

 

Remember, strokes and TIAs are serious, but with immediate treatment and ongoing management, most people can make a significant recovery. If you have any concerns about stroke or TIA, please reach out to us. We're here to support you on your journey to better health,