A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is also known as a "mini-stroke" or warning stroke. It produces symptoms similar to a stroke but only lasts for a short time. Many times, they last less than an hour and therefore have less risk of severe permanent damage. But it is not something that should be ignored. A TIA may be a sign that a full-blown stroke is coming. Mini strokes caused by a clot or blockage in an artery in the brain. The blockage is temporary, and symptoms will usually stop once blood can flow normally again. Recognizing the symptoms of transient ischemic attack and getting the proper treatment may prevent a major stroke.

1/3 of all TIA patients have a stroke within one year. And 40% have a stroke within the first three months after the TIA.

Mini-Stroke Treatment in Kansas City

HCA Midwest Health KC-area hospitals offer three TIA Clinics as part of the HCA Midwest Health Neuroscience Institute. The clinics are specially designed with convenience in mind to help patients who have been diagnosed with a warning stroke or who are at risk for a stroke.

  • Close to home. Locations throughout the Kansas City area mean you never have to travel far to access expert care
  • One-day testing. We know your time is important. That’s why we offer a thorough evaluation that’s all done on one day, in one location
  • Comprehensive care. We provide required testing for TIA patients as well as consults by a cerebrovascular neurologist, nutritionist and licensed clinical social worker if needed
  • Seamless and coordinated care. You primary care doctor knows you and your health status the best. That’s why all test results and neurology consultation records will be sent back to your doctor. If they would like, our team will consult with them to develop a treatment plan. Then they can help you manage your health moving forward and work with you to determine the best plan to fit your unique needs

For more information or to make a referral, please call 1-877-456-7979.

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Stroke Prevention

If you've had symptoms of a TIA but feel better now, you still should see a doctor. You may need medication or further treatment. Treatment may also focus on prevention methods such as lifestyle changes to reduce your future risk of stroke.

Controllable risk factors:

  • Drug abuse
  • Smoking
  • Physical inactivity
  • Diet

Certain medical conditions can increase your risk of stroke. Management or prevention of these conditions can significantly decrease your risk:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)
  • Heart disease
  • Atherosclerosis and artery disease
  • High cholesterol levels: Specifically high-LDL bad cholesterol
  • Low bone mineral density: Especially in women
  • Obesity and metabolic syndrome