TIA and Receiving Social Security Disability BenefitsYour bodys actions and reactions are monitored and regulated by your brain. Your brain is the very center of your nervous system. Your brain is continuously receiving sensory information. Your brain then responds to this sensory information by controlling your bodily actions and functions in accordance with the data that it quickly analyzes. Your brain has to have a constant supply of blood in order for it to work properly. Your brain gets the oxygen and food that it requires from your blood. A stroke is the medical term for what happens when the supply of blood to an area of your brain is severely reduced or interrupted.
What is TIA, transient ischemic attack?A TIA, which stands for transient ischemic attack, is an episode in which you experience signs and symptoms that are similar to those of a stroke, but the difference is that it usually do not result in permanent damage, and it lasts for a period of less than 24 hours. In fact, a TIA may only continue for a few minutes or an hour or two. The statistics are that somewhere around one in three people who have a TIA will, at some point in the future, have a stroke. Statistics have also shown that around half of these strokes will develop within a year after the TIA has taken place. A TIA can serve both as an opportunity and a warning. A TIA can be an opportunity to try and discover ways that you can keep from having a stroke. It can also serve as a warning that you may be in danger of an impending stroke.
Causes of TIAA TIA is caused by the same things that bring on an ischemic stroke. An ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke that people have. An ischemic stroke occurs when an artery to your brain is blocked. A blood clot is what blocks an artery and the supply of blood to an area of your brain. A TIA, however, unlike an ischemic stroke, is when the blockage lasts only for a short period of time, and there is no resulting permanent damage. The signs and symptoms that you experience with a TIA are like those that people have early on in a stroke, even though a TIA is not the same thing as a small stroke. Possible signs and symptoms that you may have with a TIA include:
- ? Your speech becoming slurred, distorted or slowed
- ? Having a problem swallowing
- ? Sudden weakness, numbness or paralysis in your face, arm or leg, which usually is occurring on only one side of your body
- ? A change in your consciousness, such as being sleepy, less responsive or unconscious
- ? Confusion or a loss of memory
- ? Having difficulty with writing or reading
- ? Having problems understanding someone else
- ? Mood, personality or emotional changes
- ? A loss of balance, coordination or dizziness
- ? Double vision or sudden blindness that develops in one or both of your eyes
- ? An inability to follow commands
- ? A sudden, severe headache that is different from headaches that you have had in the past.