At Spire Cardiff Hospital we understand that any type of illness can be a worry. However, we aim to provide patients with access to leading specialists who can provide patients with a timely diagnosis. The aim of the TIA and stroke clinic is to provide patients with access to a leading stoke specialist with prompt access to MRI, ultrasound and blood tests.
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A Transient ischaemic attack is often called a ‘mini stroke’ or a TIA. The symptoms are very similar to those of a full blown stroke but they only last for up to 24 hours. However, a TIA is still a sign that the brain is not receiving enough blood and there is a risk of a more serious stroke in the future.
A TIA should never be ignored and may be an indicator that an individual will go on and have a full stroke in the future. Therefore effective management of the TIA may reduce the risk of this happening.
Symptoms of a TIA or stroke can be:
- Left or right sided weakness
- Difficulty with speaking
- Mixing up words when talking
- Facial drop
- Balance issues
- Visual disturbance
Stroke may present as a complex combination of a number of these symptoms – please consultant you GP if you have any concerns regarding these.
At Spire Cardiff Hospital Dr Shakeel Ahmad (consultant physician, stroke specialist) leads a multi- disciplinary team approach to managing your care. A team comprising of a consultant physician, consultant radiologist, consultant surgeon and outpatient nurses are available to ensure you have access to the specialist care that you may require. We provide MRI/MRA imaging of the brain and all the major arteries in the head & neck which is the gold standard investigation for TIA/Strokes.
How do I make my clinic appointment?
We offer patients access to weekly TIA and stroke clinics all appointments can be made through our friendly out-patient booking team on 029 2073 6011.
Please note you should not drive for at least 28 days after a TIA or stroke and must check with your GP or consultant before you commence driving again.