What is TIA

A Transient ischaemic attack is often called a ‘mini stroke’ or a TIA. The symptoms are very similar to those of a full stroke but they only last for up to 24 hours. However, a TIA is still a sign that the brain is not receiving enough blood and there is a risk of a more serious stroke in the future.

A TIA should never be ignored and may be an indicator that an individual will go on and have a full stroke in the future. Therefore effective management of the TIA may reduce the risk of this happening.

Symptoms of a TIA or stroke can be:

  • Left or right sided weakness
  • Difficulty with speaking
  • Mixing up words when talking
  • Facial droop
  • Balance issues
  • Visual disturbance

Stroke may present as a complex combination of a number of these symptoms – please consult your GP if you have any concerns regarding these.

Patient Information Sheet on TIA

How can we help?

Dr Shakeel Ahmad (consultant physician, stroke specialist) leads a multi-disciplinary team approach to managing your care. A team comprising of a consultant physician, consultant radiologist, consultant surgeon and outpatient nurses are available to ensure you have access to the specialist care that you may require. We provide MRI/MRA imaging of the brain and all the major arteries in the head & neck which is the gold standard investigation for TIA/Strokes.

To book an appointment please contact Dr Shakeel Ahmad’s private secretary, Sarah Thomas.

or complete the Contact Us form.

We also accept patient’s with BUPA insurance. Further information is available on Dr Shakeel Ahmad’s BUPA profile.