Recently my Dad suffered a TIA & I had NO clue what the doctor was talking about. Dad had blacked out for a minute & when he came to he was babbling incoherently and temporarily blinded. It seemed to pass after about a half hour but meanwhile my Mom was hysterical. Since then my Mom has also had a TIA (transient ischemic attack). The more I discuss this with my friends the more I find that it is common among the elderly.
People who suffer stroke-like attacks have a mortality rate 20 per cent higher than the general population.
In one of the largest studies of its kind, over 20,000 adults hospitalised between 2000-2007 with a TIA were surveyed for mortality rates.
A TIA occurs when blood flow to the brain ceases for some time, leaving the victim with stroke-like symptoms for a short period. But it could also foreshadow a real stroke if preventative steps are not taken.
The symptoms of strokes & TIA’s are the same, but a stroke is permanent & a TIA does resolve itself. Symptoms include: confusion, difficulty pronouncing words or the inability to follow commands, speech and vision may be affected, mobility & feeling on one side of the body. Has anyone in your family suffered from a TIA?
submitted by Susan in Virginia