Our neurovascular service will confirm if you’ve had a transient ischaemic attack (TIA).
Transient ischaemic attacks (TIA) are sometimes called a ‘mini strokes’. They’re caused when a blood vessel in the brain is temporarily blocked, usually by a blood clot.
The symptoms of a TIA are like those of a stroke. But with a TIA these will get better very quickly, usually within several minutes (and certainly within 24 hours). If your symptoms have lasted longer than 24 hours, you may have had a stroke and not a TIA.
A TIA is a sign that you are at risk of having a stroke soon. Around half of strokes that follow a TIA happen within the first couple of days after the attack. These strokes can be prevented if the cause is investigated and treated quickly.
It's important you have an appointment at the neurovascular clinic as soon as possible.
Do not drive until you've seen a stroke specialist who will tell you when it is safe to do so.
Symptoms of a stroke
If at any time before your appointment you experience a new symptoms, it is a medical emergency. Dial 999 immediately. Do not wait for your appointment.
A person might be having a stroke if:
- the face has dropped on one side or they cannot smile
- an arm is numb or they’re unable to raise their arms and keep them in the air
- speech is slurred or garbled, or they are having problems understanding what you're saying
Symptoms of a stroke can be remembered using the FAST acronym: face, arm, speech, time.
NHS website information on transient ischaemic attack.
NHS website information on stroke.
Stroke Association provides information and support to people who have suffered a stroke.