Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Neuroscience Institute provides a robust and coordinated stroke care system across multiple locations in western Pennsylvania. Our experienced neurologists and neurosurgeons diagnose and treat TIA with evidence-based treatments to provide the care you need, at the moment you need it. We work with you to help you recover and to prevent future strokes.
A transient ischemic attack happens when the brain doesn’t get enough blood for a short period. The blood flow is restored on its own, so symptoms also tend to go away quickly. However, if you’ve had a TIA, you are at greater risk for a major stroke.
In both a TIA and a stroke, a blood vessel blockage prevents blood and oxygen from reaching your brain. Unlike a major stroke, however, a TIA only blocks blood flow for a short time.
Someone with a TIA may experience sudden but short-lived symptoms:
To diagnose a mini stroke, physicians will first do a physical examination. Depending on your symptoms, doctors may use:
AHN has a network of fully licensed testing facilities that are conveniently located at numerous community sites throughout western Pennsylvania.
Treatment for a TIA focuses on preventing a stroke from occurring. We consider multiple factors before deciding on a treatment plan that’s appropriate for you. Learn more about AHN’s system of cerebrovascular and stroke care.
Treatments for a transient ischemic attack may include: