Strokes and TIA

Expert Stroke Treatment Available in the Bethel Park, PA Area

The medical term for a stroke is cerebrovascular accident (CVA). Strokes are classified into two broad categories. The majority of strokes are ischemic strokes, caused by a blockage in a blood vessel supplying the brain. The other type is a hemorrhagic stroke, the result of a ruptured blood vessel that bleeds into the brain.

Acute symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Loss of ability to speak or understand speech
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Visual difficulties in one or both eyes
  • Dizziness or difficulty walking
  • Sudden, severe headache

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is sometimes referred to as a “mini-stroke.” Although TIAs are often not as severe as strokes and cause only transient symptoms, these events are still serious and require immediate medical attention. A TIA is often a warning sign and can be followed by a more serious and permanent stroke if not treated promptly.

A stroke or TIA is a medical emergency. If you suspect you are having a stroke or TIA, call 911 right away.

Unfortunately, strokes often leave patients impaired for years after the event. But many stroke victims can benefit from professional neurologic care, including efforts to prevent further strokes. For more information or to set an appointment, please call Neurology Specialists of Greater Pittsburgh at (412) 477-0245 now.