Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

by | Sep 27, 2023

Not all people get strokes. However, for those who are well, warning signs of stroke can still happen. You might have heard of Transient Ischemic Stroke (TIA), which can lead to a future possible stroke. Here are some things to be aware of when it comes to these mini strokes.

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Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA): Understanding the Warning Signs of a Future Stroke

In many quarters across the globe, there’s some stigma against stroke. This is because it’s the second leading cause of death in the world and often seems to strike without warning.

However, that’s not entirely true. Victims usually report experiencing stroke-like symptoms before suffering from a stroke. These symptoms are usually the result of a Transient Ischemic Attack, also known as a mini stroke or mild stroke. Unlike a full stroke, it does not cause permanent damage to the brain tissue and symptoms can usually disappear within a few minutes. However, these mild strokes should be taken seriously as they can be warning signs of an increased risk of a more severe stroke in the future. Your brain may even sustain some damage from a Transient Ischemic Attack.

Therefore, in your efforts to protect yourself and loved ones from a stroke, understanding the symptoms of a TIA is vital.

Sudden Symptoms Similar to a Stroke

One of the primary reasons Transient Ischemic Attacks are often confused for strokes is because they have similar symptoms. These include:

  • Weakness, numbness, or paralysis on one side of the body, typically in the leg, arm, or face
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Double vision or blindness in one or both eyes
  • Difficulty understanding others or slurred speech

In most cases, a Transient Ischemic Attack will only last a few minutes and symptoms disappear within an hour. It can even fully resolve within 24 hours. You might feel that you are fine afterwards but it may possibly lead to an impending stroke.

Read our “Stroke Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment: A Complete Guide” blog post to stay informed about the types of stroke, symptoms, screening, diagnosis, treatment options, stroke management, and more.  

TIAs as a Precursor of Stroke

According to data, it is estimated that 10-15% of patients with TIA have a full stroke within 3 months while a third of the people who experience a Transient Ischemic Attack eventually have a stroke often within a year. 

Usually, a TIA will occur hours or days before a stroke. Therefore, you should seek medical attention immediately if your experience the symptoms of a Transient Ischemic Attack. Acting swiftly will allow medical practitioners to address the risk of stroke before it occurs, increasing your chances of survival and recovery.

Call 9-9-5 or get to the nearest emergency room immediately if you or a loved one experience symptoms of TIA. TIAs are considered as warning signs for future stroke. 

Stroke Screening: Why It Matters

Knowledge is power, and when it comes to TIA and stroke, early detection can save a life. Discover why undergoing stroke screening is vital, who should consider it, and how it can help you stay one step ahead of potential health complications.

Stroke screening isn’t just for those who have already experienced a TIA; it’s also for individuals at risk. Some of the factors to consider if you should be screened for a stroke include:

  • At-Risk Individuals- Some factors, such as occurrence in your family, put you at increased risk of suffering a Transient Ischemic Attack.
  • Family History of Stroke- A family history of stroke can be a significant red flag.
  • Known Cardiovascular Disease- If you have a known cardiovascular disease, understanding the connection between TIA and stroke is paramount as it increases the likelihood of occurrence.

 

What Does Stroke Screening Involve? 

Understandably, you may be curious as to what a stroke screening involves. To offer accurate diagnosis, it may include several tests such as:

  • Blood test
  • MRI / CT scan to look at your brain clearly
  • Ultrasound to detect blockages that may cause a stroke
  • Atrial Fibrillation to detect issues with heart rhythm
  • Cardiac assessment to see whether this is contributing to TIA

Unless you have major concerns, screening for a stroke should be done every 1 to 5 years depending on your risk profile. 

 

Stroke Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

A stroke occurs when a bleeding or blood clot disrupts the blood supply to the brain. That’s why early detection and intervention can significantly reduce its life-long consequences. Learn more about stroke causes, meaning, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, and management.

Access Expert Stroke Screening in Singapore

As with other conditions, a Transient Ischemic Attack is your body’s method of communicating that you’re likely to suffer from a stroke in the future. Therefore, understanding how the two conditions differ while appreciating their close relationship is essential.

Now that you know the link between Transient Ischemic Attacks and strokes, it’s time to get the right healthcare provider. This is where the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic can help with our neurointervention expert and stroke specialist in Singapore, Dr. Manish Taneja. Along with diagnosing, we also offer personalized care to enhance your quality of life and mitigate the risk of stroke. 

If you are worried about a possible stroke, the team at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic here for you. Reach out to us today to take the first step towards a healthier future with comprehensive TIA and stroke prevention and treatment.

Stroke Prevention: Causes and Risk Factors

Anyone is capable of having a stroke, but the chances increase if you have certain stroke risk factors, some which are preventable and some which are not.

Consult a Stroke Specialist in Singapore

Dr. Manish Taneja, is an expert in endovascular and image guided neurointerventional procedures of brain and spine. It’s important to find a stroke specialist and doctor you can trust in Singapore. He has special interest in treatment of brain aneurysms, stroke and vascular malformations. Come in for a further evaluation. Arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our stroke specialist.

 

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Benefits and Differences Between Stroke MRI and CT Scans

To determine if you have suffered from a stroke or have the potential to undergo another one, MRI and CT scans are two types of tests that you can get to see what the status may be.

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We’ve Got You Covered for Specialized Stroke Screening, Prevention, and Management

Imagine heart attacks where the blood flow to your heart is blocked. Similarly, a stroke occurs when the blood flow to your brain is interrupted becoming a “brain attack”. When blood supply does not reach a certain part, brain cells begin to die. Different types of stroke include ischemic strokes (blockage of blood vessel due to blood clot) or a mini stroke, a TIA (transient ischemic attack), with no permanent damage yet serious. Stroke also occurs when a blood vessel in the brain pops causing bleeding in the brain.

Certain areas of the brain can be affected by stroke and some symptoms of a stroke including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood sugar levels increase the risk of stroke whereas an active lifestyle or controlling high cholesterol reduces the risk. How well do you know stroke? Find tips to prevent and manage stroke, the differences in stroke screening tests, and the newer technology and treatments available. 

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Brain Aneurysm Resources

Discover brain aneurysm resources that go beyond the basics designed for patients. Understand the meaning of  a brain aneurysm condition, the causes, symptoms, signs, and more. Connect with your brain health.

Put Brain Aneurysm on Your Health Radar

Did you experience the worst headache of your life? Could it be a brain aneurysm that ruptures, which means bleeding in the brain? Thoughts could be racing through your mind. Then what is the difference between unruptured (a weak or thin spot on an artery in the brain that balloons) or ruptured brain aneurysm? If you’re wondering, then the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is here to help. It’s important to look out for the tell-tale brain aneurysm symptoms, signs, causes, and risk factors.

Dr. Manish Taneja has been performing brain aneurysm treatments since 1995 from surgical clipping to latest minimally invasive procedures. Each patient is unique as is the size and location of the aneurysm. Your brain has different conditions to treat the aneurysm and artery vessel walls of a blood vessel in the brain. This calls for personalised brain aneurysm treatment depending on your symptoms, family, history, medication, and more. A simple CT scan could be just what the doctor ordered and the first step in early detection and prevention of a brain aneurysm. Come in for an easy consultation with our brain aneurysm specialist in Singapore to be on your health radar.

Other Health Conditions

The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is your “go-to” facility for various neurological conditions and treatments. To arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our neurointervention specialist, contact us. You can also call us at (+65) 6904 8084 for a consultation.