Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) clinic
A transient ischaemic attack
(TIA) or ‘mini stroke’ is caused by a temporary disruption in the blood supply
to part of the brain.
The symptoms can be similar to
a stroke but are less serious. It is still vital that these patients receive
urgent medical care.
People with a TIA can be
assessed as being at high or lower risk of stroke using a simple clinical
assessment called the ABCD2 score. This assessment can be performed in an
A&E or by a GP.
Those scoring 4 or more in
this assessment, or with more than 1 TIA in a week, should be seen by a
specialist within 24 hours of the TIA.
We have a daily rapid access
clinic led by one of the stroke consultants or registrars. Access to this
clinic is via the Acute Stroke Unit.
If you attend the clinic, you
- An assessment by a
- An electrocardiogram
- Blood tests
- And possibly an
ultrasound of the carotid arteries.
Other tests may also be
arranged if necessary.
You will be advised how you
can make lifestyle changes which can reduce your risk of problems such as high
blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.
You should not drive following
a TIA (or a suspected TIA) for 28 days. You also need to inform your insurance
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