Close to 200,000 Americans experience a ministroke, also referred to as a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). These warning strokes lead to almost one-third of that statistic having full strokes later. Fortunately, TIA’s can be treated and prevented.
Here is what happens with a TIA: when the brain loses its blood supply, it tries to restore the blood flow. If restored, the affected brain cells resume their normal functions, which, means the affected body parts are back to normal. TIA usually last for fewer than ten minutes, and the symptoms are temporary, as opposed to a stroke where effects can be permanent. While some consider this a ministroke, it is in all honesty, a stroke that has been resolved or one that has improved functionality to the affected parts of your body.
Keep in mind that TIA’s are warning signs of a possible future stroke. The risk of having a stroke increases dramatically after a TIA. Interestingly, a TIA might find an opportunity to find a source and prevent any permanent neurologic damage.
Once you have experienced a ministroke, lessen the following to avoid the onset of a full stroke. Remove risks such as alcohol and tobacco consumption. Control your diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. A heart healthy diet that lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels is important. Remember, all of this takes hard work, effort and perseverance – but if followed through properly, will help prevent the narrowing of arteries and the potential for TIA and stroke.