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Mini Strokes and TIAs

Transient ischemic attacks (TIA), often referred to as mini-strokes, cause the same problems as strokes but usually last less than 24 hours. They are usually caused by a blood clot temporarily blocking a blood vessel in the brain, cutting off the blood supply to part of the brain. If the blood supply is interrupted for a short time only, the brain cells may recover function. It is still vital to seek urgent medical advice if you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms.

 

Mini stroke and TIAs

Mini stroke assessment service

Ask us about our Mini Stroke Assessment Service to identify the cause of the stroke and administer the appropriate treatment and after care to reduce the risk of a further stroke.

What is a mini stroke?

Transient ischemic attacks (TIA), often referred to as mini-strokes, cause the same problems as strokes but usually last less than 24 hours. They are usually caused by a blood clot temporarily blocking a blood vessel in the brain, cutting off the blood supply to part of the brain. If the blood supply is interrupted for a short time only, the brain cells may recover function. It is still vital to seek urgent medical advice if you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms.

How do I know if it is a mini stroke (TIA) or a stroke?

Three checks can help you recognise whether someone has had either a stroke or a mini-stroke (TIA).

1. Can the person smile? Has their mouth or an eye drooped?

2. Can the person raise both arms?

3. Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?

If you see any of these signs, call 999 immediately. If these signs disappear after a few minutes or a few hours, then it may have been a mini-stroke. Urgent medical attention is still required and the person affected should be seen urgently by a GP. If this is not possible, they should be taken to A&E.

Am I likely to suffer a stroke following a mini stroke?

The risk of developing a stroke following a mini stroke can be as high as 30% within the first month, with the greatest risk being within the first 72 hours. Although a mini stroke itself may not cause any permanent damage, it can be an indicator of an underlying problem that needs to be assessed and treated.

In patients who have suffered a mini-stroke, the risk of a full-blown stroke is high and an urgent assessment needs to be carried out by a neurologist to try and prevent this from happening and to prevent a further mini stroke.

How is a mini stroke diagnosed?

Investigations to diagnose a mini stroke will include a brain scan and cardiac (heart) assessment, as well as blood tests.

How is it treated?

As part of our range of services, the Stroke Care Team offers a Rapid-Access Mini Stroke Assessment Service which makes use of our full range of diagnostic facilities and the combined expertise of the multidisciplinary team to help identify the cause of the mini stroke. The team also provides exemplary treatment to reduce the risk of further mini stroke, stroke or other complications.

Individual programmes are developed for each patient based on their needs, after discussion with family, friends and their GP. The Stroke Unit has support from leading Neurologists, Cardiologists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Dieticians, Occupational Therapists, Ophthalmologists and Clinical Neuro-Psychologists, to ensure optimum rehabilitation for the patient and a reduced risk of a further stroke.

Contact the Stroke Unit team on 020 7806 4075 or  stroke@hje.org.uk for further information or to book an appointment. We are happy to offer a tour of our facilities before making your decision.

Stroke Clinic

The Stroke Unit at St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is equipped to provide expert treatment, aftercare and rehabilitation support for patients and their families.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, ENT, as well as a private GP practice and our urgent care centre, Casualty First, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

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If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information then get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 7806 4075.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

 If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRI’s a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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