TIA’s are brief temporary episodes of neurologic loss of vision, motor, and or sensory function that can last from a few minutes up to 24 hours. They caused by temporary obstructions of blood flow to the brain and can be a warning sign of an impending CVA. Approximately one-third of those patients who experience a TIA will go on to have a completed stroke but having TIA increases the risk of stroke.
Symptoms of TIA’s mirror those of a stroke but are temporary in nature and do not cause any irreversible damage. Signs and Symptoms include a sudden weakness or parethesia on one side of the body, abrupt dimness or loss of vision especially in one eye, sudden slurring of speech, loss of speech or difficulty understanding communication, dizziness, difficulty of walking, loss of coordination, sudden, severe headache without any apparent cause, dysphagia, confusion and nausea and vomiting.