“Mini” stroke can cause major disability, may warrant clot-busters - Stroke Association statement

Published date
Friday, 14 September, 2012

Published: Friday 14 September 2012

Researchers at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Canada have done research that claims that TIAs (mini strokes) could cause long-term disability, and that clot busting drugs like Actilyse could be used to treat them.

They say that a combination of this and early brain scans could spare thousands of people who have mini strokes from a life of serious disability.

Dr Clare Walton, Stroke Association Research Communications Officer said:
“A Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) is a stroke-like event where symptoms last less than 24 hours. A TIA is commonly referred to as a mini stroke and should always be treated as a medical emergency. One in ten people who have a TIA are likely to have a full stroke within a week."

“This latest research shows that people can still be left with disability as a result of a TIA even if they do not go on to have a full stroke. Currently TIA patients do not receive the current clot busting thrombolysis treatments that are given to some people during stroke. This research suggests that brain scans could be used to identify which TIA patients might benefit from the current stroke treatments, however more research is needed."

“If you suspect the symptoms of a stroke or a TIA, seek urgent medical attention. A TIA can be identified using FAST:

  • Facial weakness – has the person’s face drooped, usually down one side
  • Arm weakness – is the person able to lift both arms above their head
  • Speech problems – does the person’s speech sound slurred
  • Time to call 999 – if one or more of these symptoms is present call 999 immediately.”


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