TIA Clinic

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The Stroke Prevention Rapid Access TIA Clinic is part of South Shore Health's Chronic Disease Management Program. The clinic helps ensure patients with suspected or diagnosed Transient Ischemic Attack (TIAs) receive prompt assessment, evaluation and management to reduce the risk of stroke.

Patients who have had symptoms of a TIA will be referred to the clinic so they can be assessed on an outpatient basis and begin treatments and lifestyle changes that may help prevent their risk of a bigger stroke.

The clinic allows some patients who have experienced a TIA (sometimes called a mini-stroke) to access urgent follow-up care without being hospitalized.

The clinic is located at South Shore Regional Hospital.
It operates Tuesdays, Fridays and every second Thursday 8:30 am to 4 pm.

Physician referral is required.

What is the Stroke Prevention and Rapid Access TIA Clinic? 
The clinic provides urgent access to stroke specialist assessment, evaluation, diagnostics and secondary prevention for individuals living in South Shore Health District who are identified as high risk for stroke. The TIA clinic is part of South Shore Health's comprehensive stroke program, which includes prevention, early identification, emergency and inpatient care, rehabilitation as well as follow-up in the community. The District's interdisciplinary stroke team includes nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology as well as a physician, social worker and dietician.

What is a TIA?
TIAs are caused by temporary interruptions in the blood supply to the brain. During a TIA, blood flow to part of the brain is temporarily blocked or reduced, often by a blood clot. This casues the same symptoms as a stroke. Although symptoms often disappear quickly and completely, they can be a warning sign for stroke and should be evaluated on an urgent basis.

What are the symptoms of stroke?
Symptoms include sudden weakness in the face, arm or leg, sudden loss or trouble with vision, sudden difficulty with speech or speaking, sudden severe headache and sudden dizziness, especially with any of the above signs.

Call 911 or seek immediate medical attention for these symptoms even if they are temporary and only last a few minutes.

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