Every year at least 46,000 people in the UK have a TIA or Transient ischaemic attack (also known as mini-stroke) for the first time and although the symptoms may not last long, a TIA is still very serious.
It’s a sign that a person is at risk of going on to have a stroke. That is why a TIA is often called a warning stroke yet too many people are unaware of the link between TIA and stroke and are not getting the services and support they need.
Every three and a half minutes, someone in the UK has a stroke. It is the killer disease that’s been ignored for too long.
There is no way to tell whether a person is having a TIA or a stroke when the symptoms first start. Stroke is a medical emergency. The quicker the person gets access to specialist assessment, investigation and treatment, the more likely they are to make a better recovery.
Our message to the public
If you, or someone else, show any of the signs of stroke you must call 999.
The ambulance staff in London are aware of the 4 specialist units in London and will automatically take a patient to the nearest specialist stroke unit.
The symptoms of TIA often pass very quickly so the public – and some health and care staff – may mistake them for a ‘funny turn’. Rapid access to specialist assessment, investigation and treatment is still important even if the symptoms have stopped.
If you think you have had a TIA and have not sought medical attention, see your GP urgently. Urgently investigating and treating people who have a TIA or minor stroke could reduce their risk of having another stroke.