My T.I.A. (Transient Ischemic Attack) Or Mini-Stroke

My T.I.A. (Transient Ischemic Attack) Or Mini-Stroke

I woke up at 4 am, feeling pain in my eyes of all things. I tried to rub my eyes but only one arm could move. I then realized half my body was numb, including my face. I was really frightened. It went away in 15 mins. I did nothing. I went into denial. This was not happening to me. I waited a whole day to go to the ER and seek help. They ran a cat scan, MRI, an ECHO, and a few others. Couldn’t find any blood clots. Glendale Memorial kept me over night for observation. Released me about 30 hours later with a mountain of prescriptions to be filled out and taken daily. Glendale treated me well. I would recommend highly.

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a transient episode of neurologic dysfunction caused by ischemia (loss of blood flow) – either focal brain, spinal cord, or retinal – without acute infarction (tissue death). TIAs have the same underlying cause as strokes: a disruption of cerebral blood flow (CBF), and are often referred to as mini-strokes. Symptoms caused by a TIA resolve in 24 hours or less. TIA was originally defined clinically by the temporary nature of less than 24 hours of the associated neurologic symptoms. Recently, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) defined TIA as transient episode of neurologic dysfunction caused by focal brain, spinal cord, or retinal ischemia, without acute infarction TIAs cause the same symptoms associated with stroke, such as contralateral paralysis (opposite side of body from affected brain hemisphere) or sudden weakness or numbness. A TIA may cause sudden dimming or loss of vision (amaurosis fugax), aphasia, slurred speech (dysarthria) and mental confusion. But unlike a stroke, the symptoms of a TIA can resolve within a few minutes or within 24 hours. Brain injury may still occur in a TIA lasting only a few minutes. Having a TIA is a risk factor for eventually having a stroke or a silent stroke.


  1. Tim Daugherty on November 4, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Oh no!! I am glad you are okay!! I am sorry!!! Keep me posted ok? I am praying for you!

  2. Torontopia on November 4, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Interesting video! Good to hear you didn’t have a stroke! I’ve had both an MRI & an ECG too. Oh, by the way, I love your urban videos!

  3. Jonathan Brown on November 4, 2019 at 9:56 am

    In your summary you state you have diabetes 2. Did you know before?

  4. PIS Richtown on November 4, 2019 at 9:57 am

    take good care of yourself Michael! look forwards to your new videos when you are fully recovered

  5. Egor Chu on November 4, 2019 at 10:00 am

    hope you gonna be ok. we need more videos =)

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