Connecticut Home Care Minute: Strokes vs. TIAs In The Elderly

Take serious the signs of a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

A TIA or “mini stroke” is an interruption of blood flow to a part of the brain.  It is often a warning that a stroke may happen in the future.  A TIA needs to be taken seriously and 911 should be called even if the symptoms subside. They can last from minutes to hours and do not cause lasting damage to the brain.

Your chance of having a stroke increases nine times after a TIA.  Take the warning and with the help of your physician work to prevent a major stroke.  TIA symptoms come on suddenly, last a short time and disappear entirely.  TIA and stroke are different but have the same symptoms.  Know the signs and symptoms of  (TIA) and Stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (usually on one side of the body)
  • Trouble speaking or understanding someone else speaking
  • Sudden blurred, double or decrease in vision
  • Difficulty walking, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Confusion or loss of memory
  • Change in alertness ( less responsive, unconscious )
  • Difficulty reading or writing
  • Lack of bladder or bowel control

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the US.  Take the signs and symptoms seriously and immediately seek medical assistance. Visit http://www.stroke.org for more information on stroke prevention or download Explaining Stroke, a Guide from the National Stroke Association here.

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