"Slight stroke": Transient ischemic attack carries enormous risks
Every year, more than a quarter of a million Germans suffer a stroke. This is one of the most common causes of death in Germany. A cerebral infarction is often preceded by a so-called transient ischemic attack (TIA). Those affected should not waste time and should immediately contact an emergency doctor.
Over a quarter million strokes a year
Around 270,000 people suffer a stroke in Germany every year. Brain infarction is one of the most common causes of death in Germany. According to experts, many deaths could be avoided if risk factors such as type 2 diabetes, atrial fibrillation, fat metabolism disorders and high blood pressure were prevented. It is also important to know possible harbingers. A so-called TIA (transient ischemic attack) must be dealt with quickly. Because this is often followed by a major stroke.
The so-called TIA should not be trivialized
Although the so-called TIA (transient ischemic attack) is often trivialized as a “mild stroke”, Dr. Othmar Gotzler, general practitioner and specialist for internal medicine from Grafing, says in the patient magazine "HausArzt" (issue 1/2017) that this is completely wrong.
"A TIA is a temporary circulatory disorder in the brain," said the doctor.
The symptoms - sudden onset half-sided weakness or paralysis, dizziness, speech or visual disturbances - can quickly recede in a TIA, but they should be taken extremely seriously.
Call the emergency doctor immediately
Those affected should not waste any time and should not first consult their family doctor, but notify the emergency doctor immediately.
"In addition, only colleagues in the clinic can initiate emergency diagnostics and therapy," says Gotzler. According to the expert, the risk of suffering a stroke with permanent disabilities after a TIA is very high.
"More than ten percent of patients have another stroke within 30 days, half of them even within 48 hours."
Danger lasts a long time
The German Stroke Society (DSG) also pointed out in an older message that the danger persists after a TIA:
"About 20 percent of those affected will suffer a major stroke within the next three months, which will lead to permanent disabilities or often to death," warned the DSG press spokesman, Professor Joachim Röther.
TIA and stroke have the same causes that persist after the symptoms subside.
"However, a stroke is not an inevitable fate, and a TIA should always be a reason to look for reasons to stop it," said Professor Röther. (ad)