A transient ischemic attack is a brief interruption of the blood supply to part of the brain. Symptoms are similar to a stroke: confusion, difficulty talking or seeing, dizziness, loss of balance, or sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body. Many people do not seek medical help because the symptoms do not last long. But a transient ischemic attack can be a warning sign of a stroke in the very near future, with the risk of permanent damage or death.
Health Quality Ontario Reviews Rapid Access to Care for Transient Ischemic Attack
Quickly assessing and treating someone who has had a transient ischemic attack is important to reduce his or her risk of stroke. Specialized clinics can provide this rapid care.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care endorses these recommendations.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has provided the following response: The Ministry agrees with these recommendations and encourages health care professionals to adhere to them. The recommendations are included in the Ministry’s and Health Quality Ontario's Clinical Handbook for Stroke, which is a funded quality-based procedure. The Ministry provides funding to Local Health Integration Networks and hospitals to best organize other aspects of stroke care according to the needs of their unique populations.