Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or a ‘mini stroke’ can last for just a short while, ranging anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours and have the same symptoms of a stroke. With TIAs, the symptoms will go away after a short amount of time.
These should still be treated with the same severity of any other stroke as they are also considered warning strokes and are often followed by major strokes anywhere from a few hours or a few days following the attack.
If you believe you or a loved one may be experiencing a stroke, there is an acronym that you can follow to quickly identify symptoms and get help fast.
Balance - a loss of balance, severe headache, or dizziness.
Eyes - difficulty seeing out of one or both eyes, blurriness in vision.
Face drooping - an uneven facial droop, lack of muscle control in the face.
Arm weakness - numbness or weakness on one side of the body in the arm and/or leg.
Speech difficulty - slurred speech or difficulty speaking.
Time - time to call 911.
Every second counts when reacting to a stroke. The faster you can receive medical attention, the less likely it is that the stroke will leave major, long-term disabilities. Melody Living equips every resident with a medical alert pendant to use in case of emergencies that can get them care quickly.
The chances of having a stroke is one in six for men and one in five for women, though nearly 80% of strokes are preventable with healthy lifestyle choices and by working with your healthcare team to manage conditions that are risk factors for strokes. Conditions that affect your risk for stroke include: