Emergency Assessment Must Be Done Even after Stroke Symptoms Disappear: Study

Woman suffering from vertigo or dizziness or other health problem of brain or inner ear.A stroke can happen at any time, and it’s important to remember that the danger isn’t necessarily over when the symptoms of a stroke disappear. It may seem like you’ve gotten off scot-free after having suffered from stroke-like symptoms, but an emergency assessment should still be done to prevent future problems from arising.

This article will explain why it’s essential for those who experience sudden neurological dysfunctions – even transient – to undergo a proper medical evaluation by expert professionals.


A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association has outlined the importance for people who have experienced a transient ischemic attack (TIA) to seek emergency assessment to help prevent a full-blown stroke. This statement offers a standardized approach to evaluating people who have had a TIA. This guidance offers advice specifically for hospitals in rural areas that may not have easy access to advanced imaging or have a neurologist on site.

The statement also includes guidance for healthcare professionals to help differentiate between a TIA and a TIA mimic. This condition shares some signs with a TIA but is due to other medical conditions such as low blood sugar, migraine, or seizure. TIA mimic symptoms often tend to spread to other parts of the body and build in intensity over time.

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a medical emergency that occurs when the blood flow to part of the brain suddenly becomes blocked. This lack of oxygen results in changes that may last from a few seconds to several minutes. While they can cause transient symptoms such as temporary paralysis or difficulty speaking and writing, these also often resolve completely with no residual damage. However, TIA can indicate a more severe arterial blockage that could result in a stroke within three months after the TIA, so seeking medical attention immediately is extremely important.
Symptoms of a TIA are the same as stroke, only temporary. They can include:

• Facial drooping
• Weakness on one side of the body
• Numbness on one side of the body
• Trouble speaking
• Dizziness, vision loss or trouble walking

Those who are most at risk for TIA include people with cardiovascular risk factors, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and smoking. Other conditions can also increase the risk of TIA, including atrial fibrillation, peripheral artery disease, coronary artery disease, and obstructive sleep apnea.

Diagnosing a TIA can be difficult since most patients no longer exhibit symptoms by the time they arrive at the emergency room. Unfortunately, the treatment that patients receive who come into an emergency room can vary depending on geographical factors, limited resources at healthcare centers, and varying levels of experience among medical professionals.


For example, said Hardik P. Amin, M.D., chair of the scientific statement writing committee, “Someone with a TIA who goes to an emergency room with limited resources may not get the same evaluation that they would at a certified stroke center. This statement was written with those emergency room physicians or internists in mind — professionals in resource-limited areas who may not have immediate access to a vascular neurologist and must make challenging evaluation and treatment decisions.”

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Author Bio

Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.