The TIA Clinics at the HCA Midwest Health Neuroscience Institute help patients who have been diagnosed with TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) or who are at risk for stroke.
What is a TIA or transient ischemic attack?
According to The American Stroke Association, a TIA is a “warning stroke” or “mini-stroke” that produces stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage. Recognizing and treating TIAs can reduce your risk of a major stroke.
Most strokes aren’t preceded by TIAs; however, of the people who have had one or more TIAs, more than a third will later have a stroke. In fact, a person who’s had one or more TIAs is more likely to have a stroke than someone of the same age and sex who hasn’t.
TIAs are important in predicting if a stroke will occur rather than when one will happen. They can occur days, weeks, or even months before a major stroke. In about half the cases, the stroke occurs within one year of the TIA.
If you have symptoms of a TIA, get medical help right away. If you've had symptoms of a TIA but feel better now, you still need to see a doctor. You may need testing and once you've been checked by a doctor, you may be prescribed medication or need further treatment. Treatment may also focus on prevention methods such as reducing high blood pressure, controlling diabetes or quitting smoking. Eating a healthy diet and exercising may also help.
TIA Clinic Locations
- Belton Regional Medical Center (only one day a week)
- Centerpoint Medical Center
- Lee's Summit Medical Center
- Menorah Medical Center
- Overland Park Regional Medical Center
- Research Medical Center