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Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Clinic

Loyola now offers a specialty clinic dedicated to the immediate treatment of patients who have experienced mini-strokes known as Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs). A TIA occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery in the brain for a short time. The symptoms are the same as those of a stroke but last only a few minutes.

Doctors at the multidisciplinary clinic work quickly to evaluate and treat patients who may be at imminent risk of full-blown strokes. TIAs are preventable and treatable. Knowing your risk factors and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle offer the best chances to prevent strokes.

Loyola’s stroke specialists will recommend a treatment plan to minimize the risk of a subsequent stroke. Treatment plans vary from patient to patient and can include:

  • Medication to control blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Smoking cessation
  • Weight control
  • Regular exercise
  • Blood thinners to prevent clots
  • Vascular surgery to remove plaque from the carotid artery

Call 911 immediately if you experience or observe any of the following symptoms of stroke:

  • Sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis, usually on one side
  • Confusion or memory problems
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden vision loss, blurred or double vision
  • Sudden dizziness or imbalance
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

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