Warning: If you or someone you know is experiencing (TIA symptoms) call 000 (for NSW)
immediately or go to your nearest Emergency Centre for immediate medical attention
Approximately 80% of strokes that occur after a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) (commonly known as a mini-stroke) are preventable. Getting urgent treatment after experiencing a TIA, is crucial.
If you or a loved one have symptoms of a TIA, Sydney residents can get treatment at Cura Medical Specialists. We have expert neurologists skilled in diagnosis and management of TIA and Stroke. Book an appointment with us today to get started on your recovery.
Commonly referred to as a mini-stroke, a TIA is a condition that affects blood flow to the brain. This condition occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. This results in temporary speech, movement, sensoryor vision disturbances. A TIA attack will typically last less than 24 hours but if left untreated it can lead to a stroke or long-term neurological damage.
A TIA occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted.
A TIA typically occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted temporarily. Some of the risk factors for TIA include:
- A buildup of cholesterol-containing fatty deposits called plaques in blood vessels
- Excessive drinking
- Having a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation
- High blood pressure
Vertigo and dizziness are common in TIA cases.
TIA and stroke have similar symptoms but TIA symptoms will typically last for an hour or less. They include:
- Temporary loss of vision or double vision
- Speech disturbance such as slurring of speech or an inability to speak at all
- Facial numbness or weakness causing the mouth to droop
- Weakness or paralysis of arms or legs
- Loss of balance and vertigo
- Difficulty swallowing
Vertigo and dizziness are common in TIA cases.
When you come to Cura Medica Specialists, our Sydney neurologists will diagnose and recommend the best course of therapy based on your their medical assessment. Some of the options for treating TIA include:
If you are not on medication and you have had a TIA it will be very likely that astneurologist may prescribe medication. Suchmedication is typically given to reduce the likelihood of a blood clot hindering blood flow to the brain. If you have atrial fibrillation, anticoagulants may be prescribed.
TIA may sometimes be treated with a surgical procedure in cases where the carotid artery is severely narrowed. In such a case the neurologist may arrange for a surgeon to perform an endarterectomy to remove fatty deposits in the carotid artery and restore optimum blood flow to the brain.
The evidence is increasingly supporting a healthy diet and exercise reduces the risk of stroke and other types of cardiovascular disease.
Your neurologist may prescribe medication or
recommend a transient ischemic attack surgery.
Getting treated after TIA helps to reduce the risk of having a future TIA or stroke. While TIA symptoms often disappear quickly, treatment will ensure that you reduce the risk of stroke and long term damage to the brain.
If you are in Sydney, Cura Medical Specialist offers treatment for TIA.
Am I a good candidate for the TIA treatment?
If you have had any symptoms of a TIA, a neurologist will help to diagnose your condition and prescribe the best course of treatment based on your condition. The doctor will use a series of tests to determine the cause of your condition including physical examination, a brain scan (often including an MRI), imaging of the arteries, and heart and blood tests.
The best course of therapy for TIA will depend on the cause and severity of your TIA. In cases where the neurologist finds that the TIA is caused by a blood clot from the heart medication may be prescribed. However, in cases where there is a narrowing of blood vessels due to plaque or fatty deposits, surgery may be necessary.
Treating TIA minimises the risk of long-term neurological damage.
The consultation cost will vary depending on the service enquired, appointment duration, medicare availability and other factors. Please use this calculator to get an estimate of your cost on the day of your consultation.
At Cura Medical Specialists, we provide patient-centric care to deliver the best health outcomes for our patients. We have two of a handful of interventional neurologists that exist in Australia and a team of health care professionals experienced in diagnosing and treating patients with transient ischemic attack and other neurological diseases.
At Cura Medical specialists, our team is led by Dr Hugh Stephen Winters, a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians with specialised training in neurology with four additional years of training in interventional neurology.
Dr Timothy Ang, a neurologist and interventionist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney also makes up our experienced team of neurologists. Dr Ang uses cutting-edge medical imaging tests to diagnose and treat neurovascular and neurological diseases.
How to schedule a consultation
Booking an appointment with Cura Medical Specialists is easy. Simply book online and select your preferred date and time. Our friendly staff will then get back to you with a confirmation of your appointment. You can also call us at (02) 7906 8356 or reach us on live chat.
We are conveniently located at Drummoyne Specialist Centre, Level 3, Suite 3.2 – 135 Victoria Rd, Drummoyne NSW 2047.
You can learn more about TIA in the frequently asked questions below.
You can prevent a TIA by consulting a neurologist as soon as you experience symptoms. Treatment will help reduce the risk of recurrence and long-term neurological damage.
TIA needs immediate medical attentionbecause it is a warning sign of a possible stroke. Identifying a TIA diagnosis has important implications for lifestyle and medication necessary to reduce the risk of a future TIA or stroke from occurring.
In most cases, symptoms of a TIA will resolve in an hour or less. However, if left untreated, the causes of TIA can lead to an increased risk of stroke.
TIA usually resolves within hours since it is caused by a temporary interruption of blood flow to the brain. Once normal blood flow is restored, the symptoms of TIA resolve.
If you know someone who has symptoms currently – they must go immediately to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment. However, it is important to seek medical attentioneven after symptoms resolve since TIA