Source Newsroom: Porter Adventist Hospital
Newswise — DENVER (March 29, 2011) – A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a form of minor stroke that can last just minutes, often without any lingering symptoms. But if left untreated, those who have one are at an estimated 25 percent greater risk of having another stroke or other complication within 90 days.
Treatment of TIA is aimed at preventing a future stroke. With the help of advanced diagnostic testing and neurological consultation, the risk can be reduced. TIA is caused by a temporary lack of adequate blood and oxygen to the brain, and often has the signs and symptoms of a stroke such as problems with vision, dizziness, weakness or trouble speaking.
The Rocky Mountain Region’s first TIA Clinic has been established At Porter Adventist Hospital to meet the needs of patients with TIA symptoms. A variety of efficient diagnostic tests can be performed within 48 hours of referral, without the need for a hospital stay.
“This clinic is one of just four like it in the nation,” said Dr. Adam Wolff, neurologist and medical director. “Our staff works closely with the emergency department and the patient’s own doctor to get them the diagnostic test results and treatment recommendations to help prevent a future stroke that could cause more serious problems.”
Each year about 700,000 Americans experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke about every 3 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.
The TIA Clinic is affiliated with Porter’s stroke program, which is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center certified by The Joint Commission. Certified Primary Stroke Centers are held to high standards in the areas of quality, safety and patient care outcomes. Porter’s stroke program also is an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines participating hospital, and has received the Silver Performance Achievement Award from the AHA/ASA.
For more information on the TIA Clinic and the Porter Stroke Program, call 303-715-7482 or visit: www.porterhospital.org/stroke.
About Porter Adventist Hospital
Porter Adventist Hospital is a full service, Nursing Magnet® designated, 368-bed acute-care referral center for complex medicine and surgery patients. In addition to being ranked No. 1 for 2010 in overall cardiac care in Colorado by a national hospital reporting company, Porter specializes in cancer care, joint replacement, spinal care and organ transplantation. Porter is sponsored by Adventist Health System and is part of Centura Health, Colorado’s largest hospital and health care network delivering advanced care to more than half a million people each year, across 13 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, affiliated partner hospitals, Flight for Life® Colorado, and home care and hospice services. Porter’s and Centura's strength lies in the ability to offer a team of connected networks and shared resources to deliver accessible, reliable and cost-effective health care across the state. For more information about Porter Adventist Hospital, visit www.porterhospital.org or the Media Room at http://porter.mediaroom.com.