TIA (transient ischemic attack) can cause lasting problems
Mini strokes can cause stroke symptoms and can be an indication that cognitive and memory problems will follow, according to recent research published in the June 19, 2013, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. This applies even when the person does not have a full blown stroke.
It has long been thought that TIAs (transient ischemic attacks, or mini strokes) might cause some of the same problems associated with a full blown stroke, but this has been difficult to verify. Mini strokes have been traditionally thought to leave no permanent damage, but this now seems to be very much in question. Previously, the only way to ascertain any damage was by the use of expensive MRI scanning.
MRI scans were the only way … till now
The study author, Brendan J. Kelley, MD, of the University of Cincinnati, said
Research into mini strokes covering two years
The study found that those who experienced stroke symptoms were more likely to develop memory and cognitive problems. It underlined the advisability of discussing these symptoms with your doctor, even if the symptoms are fleeting.
Be aware of the danger of TIA damage
It’s important to be aware of the potential danger of mini strokes. While the damage caused may not be in the same league as that of a full blown stroke, it should not be ignored. Many people who suffer a transient ischemic attack think of it as little more than a ‘wobble’, something to be shrugged off and ignored. This could be a costly mistake.
Any time brain tissue suffers an interruption of the supply of oxygen-rich blood, that tissue is likely to suffer.
If you feel that you’ve had a mini-stroke, don’t just shrug it off.
Discuss it with your doctor at the earliest opportunity.
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