TIA Assessment Service
The risk of developing a stroke after a hemispheric TIA can be as high as 20% within the first month, with the greatest risk being within the first 72 hours.
Patients first seen in the community with TIA, or with a stroke but having made a good recovery when seen, should be assessed and investigated in a specialist service as soon as possible.
Patients likely to have a diagnosis of TIA should be prescribed an antiplatelet and statin regime immediately.
Patients likely to have a diagnosis of TIA should be advised not to drive until assessed by a specialist.
Patients should be advised to go to hospital immediately should the symptoms return.
Immediate admission to a specialist stroke service is vital for those with a greater than 20% risk of developing a completed stroke. These are patients with more than one TIA in seven days or who have three or more of the following characteristics:
- blood pressure greater than 140/90 mmHg
- unilateral weakness or speech disturbance
- symptoms lasting sixty minutes or more
- those who have diabetes
The TIA Assessment Service at the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth
As part of our range of services the Stroke Care Team offers a Rapid-Access TIA Assessment Service that utilitises our full range of diagnostic facilities and the combined expertise of the multidisciplinary team to help identify the cause of the TIA and provide treatment to reduce the risk of further TIAs, stroke or other complications.