Also known as a "mini-stroke" or warning stroke, a transient ischemic attack (TIA) produces symptoms similar to a stroke but only lasts for a short period of time. Many times, they can last less than an hour and therefore have less of a risk of lasting damage. But it’s not something that should be disregarded. A TIA may be an indication that major stroke is coming. Mini strokes are caused by a blockage in an artery in the brain. The blockage is brief, and symptoms will usually cease once blood can flow normally again. Recognizing the signs of a TIA and getting the proper treatment may prevent a full blown stroke.
1/3 of all mini stroke patients have a major stroke within a year. And 40 percent have a stroke within the first three months.
Overland Park Regional Medical Center offers a TIA Clinic as part of the HCA Midwest Health Neuroscience Institute. The clinic is specially designed with convenience in mind to help patients who have been diagnosed with a mini stroke or who are at risk.
- One-day testing. We know your time is valuable. That’s why we offer a comprehensive evaluation that’s all done on one day, on our Johnson County hospital campus. TIA clinic work-ups require up to six to eight hours to complete. To plan accordingly, the patient should expect to stay until 5 p.m. A meal will be served for the patients. Patients should refrain from eating or drinking after midnight in the hours just before the appointment.
- Complete care. We provide the testing needed for TIA patients as well as consults by a cerebrovascular neurologist, nutritionist and licensed clinical social worker if necessary.
- Continuous care. Your primary care physician knows you and your health the best. That’s why all results and neurology consultation records will be sent back to your doctor. If they would like, our team will consult with them to create a treatment plan. Then they can work with you to manage your health going forward and to develop the best plan for your unique needs.
For more information or to make a referral to our TIA Clinic, please call (913) 541-6011.
Preventing a Stroke
If you've had signs of a TIA but feel better now, you should still see a physician. You may need medication or additional treatment. Care may also focus on prevention methods such as lifestyle changes to reduce your future risk of stroke.
Controllable risk factors:
- Drug abuse
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Poor diet
Some medical conditions can raise your risk of stroke. Controlling or preventing these conditions can considerably reduce your risk:
- High blood pressure (Hypertension)
- High blood sugar (Diabetes)
- Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)
- Heart disease
- Atherosclerosis and artery disease
- High cholesterol levels: Specifically high-LDL bad cholesterol
- Low bone mineral density: Especially in women
- Obesity and metabolic syndrome