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Saturday, 10th May 2014

UK: Not Just A Funny Turn: The Real Impact of TIA

Source: Stroke Association (UK)

From TIA: the basics:

A TIA or transient ischaemic attack (also known as a mini-stroke) is the same as a stroke, except that the symptoms last for a short amount of time and no longer than 24 hours. Most strokes are caused by a blockage cutting off the blood supply to part of the brain. The only difference when a person has a TIA is that the blockage is temporary –
it either dissolves on its own or moves, so that the blood supply returns to normal and symptoms disappear.

Every year, at least 46,000 people in the UK have a TIA for the first time and although the symptoms may not last long, a TIA is still very serious. It’s a sign that a person is at risk of going on to have a stroke. Because of this, it is often called a warning stroke. More than one in 12 people will have a stroke within a week of having a TIA.

Stroke is the third single largest cause of death in the UK, accounting for around one in 10 deaths. It’s also the largest cause of complex disability in the UK, with half of all stroke survivors affected.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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