Transient ischemic attack

  • Temporary loss of brain function due to lack of blood to the brain
  • Symptoms may include numbness on one side of the body, speech or vision changes, confusion and difficulty with walking or balance
  • Caused by temporary blockage of a blood vessel in the brain
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in males
  • Can occur at any age but more common in the elderly
  • May be mild to severe

FOR EMERGENCIES

  • If you are trained in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation):
    • Check for pulse and respirations. If both of these are absent, proceed with CPR as you were trained.
    • If respirations are absent, but there is a pulse, proceed with rescue breathing as you were trained.
  • If you are not trained in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation):
    • Call emergency services.
    • If the person is unconscious, begin to push hard and fast on the center of the chest.

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