A transient ischemic attack is very similar to an ischemic stroke, and it may be hard to distinguish the two until seeking medical care. With a TIA, the clot causing a blockage will dissipate on its own so there is no permanent damage from the attack. However, suffering a TIA will significantly increase the likelihood of stroke in the future, so this episode should be followed up with ongoing medical care and lifestyle changes to reduce the risk.
The signs of TIA include trouble speaking and understanding simple phrases, loss of muscle control on one side of the face and body, and trouble with balance. These are also the signs of ischemic stroke, which means that you should not take your chances and seek emergency care immediately when symptoms are present.
Palms of Pasadena Hospital provides excellent stroke care through every step of recovery, beginning with board certified emergency care. You can explore our services in St. Petersburg by visiting our website or calling (855) 245-8328 to connect to our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.