Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) service
This service forms part of our Stroke Unit
What is a TIA?
A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or 'mini stroke' is caused by a temporary disruption in the blood supply to part of the brain. The disruption in blood supply results in a lack of oxygen to the brain. This can cause symptoms similar to those of a stroke, such as speech and visual disturbance and numbness or weakness in the arms and legs. However, a TIA does not last as long a stroke. The effects only last for a few minutes and are usually fully resolved within 24 hours.
Our TIA service
The risk of stroke is high following a TIA with approximately 10 to 20 percent of patients who have a TIA going on to have a stroke within 7 days. A specific TIA service is provided giving rapid diagnosis and assessment and access to specialist care for high risk patients.
Our patients benefit from:
- Risk assessment
- 24/7 access to our service over 365 days per year
- Our facilities which enable us to diagnose and treat patients with confirmed TIA and also those with conditions mimicking TIA
- Specialist assessment and investigation within 24 hours of presenting to one of our healthcare professionals (For high risk cases)
Useful web links
The following websites may contain information that is of use to you:
- The Stroke Association
- Different Strokes - Support for younger stroke survivors
- NHS Choices - Stroke information
- NHS Choices - TIA information
Go to the Stroke Unit overview page for further information including contact details.