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Why Do Seniors Have Mini-Strokes?

mini-strokes in seniors

A TIA is a temporary break in the supply of oxygen to the brain. Oxygen deficiency in brain tissue makes brain cells unable to function, which causes various symptoms. Although it is dangerous to health, patients often ignore the symptoms because they pass after a few minutes or hours. What are the causes and signs of a micro-stroke? Micro stroke (small stroke, mini-stroke, transient ischemia of the brain – TIA for short) can occur in both young and old people. 

It is a transient ischemic attack that has the following three characteristics: it occurs suddenly, resolves spontaneously, and symptoms persist for less than 24 hours. Stroke is very common in seniors. The main causes are age and poor nutrition. Is it really so? A stroke is a medical emergency. Scientists have found that one in four healthy seniors around the age of 70 has had a slight, silent stroke. By recognizing its symptoms, we can quickly call for help and significantly increase the patient’s chance of survival and recovery. What does a stroke look like and how can it be prevented? How to give first aid to an elderly person? We check the treatment and management of a stroke.

TIA vs stroke – what is the difference?

TIA (transient ischemic attack) is a reversible neurological deficit. As a result of cerebral circulation disorders, symptoms of brain damage are short-lived and transient.

It is important to distinguish TIA from a stroke. The symptoms of the two diseases are similar, but TIA resolves within 24 hours. As soon as symptoms appear, it is not possible to determine which condition is present, so you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is often described as a mini-stroke and is considered a harbinger of an actual stroke that can be prevented by seeking medical attention quickly. The main causes of TIA are small clots from, for example, the narrow jugular veins, caused by atherosclerosis affecting the small blood vessels in the brain, or by heart disease such as atrial fibrillation. A thrombosis temporarily cuts off the blood supply to an area of ​​the brain. However, it dissolves quickly, restoring free blood flow. That is why the symptoms of the disease disappear quite quickly.

If symptoms last less than 24 hours, the condition will be TIA. In most cases, the symptoms of mini strokes in the elderly resolve after a few minutes or hours. Suddenly, symptoms like these may appear:

  • paralysis of the arm, leg, or half of the face;
  • transient hemiparesis;
  • speech disorder, incomprehensible speech or perception problems;
  • tingling or numbness in certain parts of the body;
  • temporary blindness in one eye;
  • dizziness, confusion;
  • problems with maintaining balance and coordination.

The diagnosis of TIA is made on the basis of various tests, including:

  • computer tomography of the brain – excludes stroke;
  • EKG – shows if symptoms are caused by atrial fibrillation or other heart conditions;
  • neck ultrasound – checks if a clot has come out of the narrowed cervical vessels and has not reached the brain.

Diseases of the elderly: stroke and TIA

Diseases of the elderly: stroke and TIA

Stroke is the most serious vascular disease of the brain. Ignoring the first symptoms of mini stroke in the elderly can lead to death, so it is very important to recognize the initial symptoms and provide first aid. A stroke is a clinical syndrome associated with a sudden onset of focal or generalized brain dysfunction that lasts more than 24 hours and has no cause other than vascular disease. More than half of strokes occur in people over the age of 70. Being able to respond quickly to the first symptoms of a stroke can save many lives.

TIA (transient ischemic attack) is a common medical condition that affects the elderly and, in most cases, disappears without any harm to your health. One in three patients with transient ischemic attack later develops a stroke. It can be prevented, among others by changing lifestyle: quitting smoking, exercising regularly, eating healthy. Weight control and low alcohol consumption are also important. Elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure are risk factors for a transient ischemic attack.

The methods for preventing TIA are essentially the same as those used to prevent ischemic stroke. The risk factors are the same in both cases.

The most at risk of stroke are, among others, the elderly (over 65), with blood pressure over 140/90 mmHg, atrial fibrillation, arrhythmias, narrowing of the arteries supplying the blood to the brain, high cholesterol, smokers, overweight, sedentary people, especially if the strokes have happened in their family before. Hence, it is important to properly treat these conditions.

Strokes are more common in men in the ages of 65 – 79, and in women after 80.

The main illnesses which cause mini stroke symptoms in elderly people are:

  • In men – arterial hypertension, high blood cholesterol levels;
  • In women, atrial fibrillation, stenosis of the carotid arteries, ischemic heart disease, and cardiovascular failure.

The features of the clinical course and the consequences of strokes in the elderly do not depend much on gender. The disease usually occurs against a background of a severe neurological deficit with a high level of disability. This is due to a complex health condition before a stroke: chronic diseases, age-related changes in the structures of the brain. Patients over 65 years of age have a three-fold increase in the risk of recurrent stroke compared with those who have had a stroke at a young age.

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Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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