Welcome to M.V Hospital for Diabetes, established by late Prof. M.Viswanathan, Doyen of Diabetology in India in 1954 as a general hospital. In 1971 it became a hospital exclusively for Diabetes care. It has, at present,100 beds for the treatment of diabetes and its complications.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)

Transient Ischaemic Attack or TIA is a temporary disruption in the blood supply to part of the brain. This can happen when a clot develops in the blood vessel due to atherosclerosis. This is more likely if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol,  are overweight or obese, or have a family history of heart disease or if you smoke/drink in excess.

The brain needs a constant supply of blood to provide vital nutrients and oxygen to its cells.

Symptoms of TIA are similar to stroke but effects last for a few minutes and subside within 24 hours. Unlike a stroke, blood supply resumes to the part of the brain affected. TIA increases the risk of having another TIA or stroke and is a sign that the brain is not getting enough blood. Some of these symptoms may resemble a hypo so treat as an emergency.

Use the FAST test  - Face, Arms, Speech, Time –to recognize the symptoms of TIA.

Face:  Can the person smile? Has the face fallen to a side?

Arms: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?

Speech: Can the person  speak clearly and understand what you say or is the speech slurred?

Time: Call the doctor if any of these symptoms are present.

Other symptoms of TIA can include sudden weakness, memory loss or vision loss.

(Source: balance May-June 2014)

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