First Aid Acronyms – TIA

Transient Ischemic Attack

TIA is an abbreviation used to describe a certain type of stroke.

TIA stands for Transient Ischemic Attack. This can also be referred to as a mini stroke.

A TIA happens when a temporary blockage occurs within the brain, cutting off the blood supply. The blockage either dissolves or moves, meaning that the blood supply will return and the stroke symptoms will disappear. This is why it is referred to as a ‘mini stroke’.

Although the symptoms of a TIA last a short amount of time, is can still be very serious. TIA’s are often referred to as a warning stroke, meaning that there is something wrong and that you need to be assessed and monitored by medical professionals as if left untreated, this could develop into a much larger stroke which could be life threatening.

Symptoms Of A Transient Ischemic Attack

The symptoms of a TIA are the same as a stroke, except they last a shorter period of time.

FACE may droop or fall on one side. Casualty may struggle to smile.

ARMS can be limp and the casualty may not my able to raise their arms.

SPEECH may become slurred or difficult to understand. Casualty may not be able to speak clearly, or they may not be able to understand what you are saying.

TIME to call an ambulance if someone is showing signs of any of the above symptoms.

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