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A TIA, or mini-stroke, can increase your risk of suffering a stroke

If you have a “mini-stroke,” or transient ischemic attack (TIA), you will have a temporary interruption of blood flow to part of your brain. Mini-stroke symptoms are similar to stroke symptoms:

  • Sudden weakness, numbness or paralysis in your leg, arm or face, usually on one side of your body
  • Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes or double vision
  • Dizziness, loss or balance or coordination problems
  • Slurred speech or problems understanding others
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Mini-strokes can last for a few minutes or up to 24 hours. Mini-strokes cause no permanent damage and disappear quickly, but they are often followed by a real stroke, so it is important that you get medical attention. In addition, mini-strokes may recur, and each one increases the risk of a subsequent stroke. Research has shown that people who have had a mini-stroke are likely to experience a second mini-stroke or a debilitating stroke within days or weeks.

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At Novant Health, we are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of mini-strokes, or TIA. Our world-class facilities feature emergency services with up-to-the-minute wait times posted online and talented clinicians with a wide range of expertise. We even have a TIA Center that specializes in the treatment of mini-strokes. We are committed to providing:

  • A comprehensive inpatient diagnostic evaluation to “fast-track” appropriate treatment and reduce the risk of a post-TIA stroke.
  • Counseling, education and support that will help you and your family on your journey.
  • Arrangements for follow-up care in collaboration with your physician.

If you suspect a mini-stroke, call 911 and ask to be taken to a Novant Health facility right away. When you arrive, our team will work together to evaluate you or your loved one and determine what treatment is needed. You may need various diagnostic tests such as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan or a computerized tomography (CT) scan to help determine what caused the mini-stroke. Depending on what caused the mini-stroke, you may need medication to prevent blood clots or a procedure to remove fatty deposits from the arteries that supply blood to your brain.

We’re not only committed to caring for you when you’re sick – we also want to help you stay well. By providing a comprehensive mini-stroke evaluation, we can identify your stroke risk and lower it by prescribing medication to help prevent future blood clots. We can also treat existing medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, to lower your stroke risk.

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