Dancing with the Stars contestant suffers transient ischemic attack

Mon, Sep 28, 2015

Kim Zolciak, a Real Housewives of Atlanta reality TV star and current contestant on Dancing with the Stars, suffered a transient ischemic attack last week. 


The attack is more commonly referred to as a mini-stroke or TIA. 


Zolciak, 37, wrote on her Instagram account about the episode, “the left side of my body went completely numb and my speech was gone.” 


According to the American Stroke Association, “TIA is caused by a clot; the only difference between a stroke and TIA is that with TIA the blockage is transient (temporary). TIA symptoms occur rapidly and last a relatively short time.” 


Since the blood clot during a TIA is temporary, there is usually no permanent brain damage. However, it is serious, says Dr. Ryan Murphy, a BayCare Clinic emergency physician. He is typically among the first to treat stroke patients when they arrive at the hospital. 


“TIA is nothing to take lightly,” Murphy said. “It’s often a warning sign that an acute stroke may be in the future. Roughly one out of three TIA patients will experience an acute stroke in the future.” 


That’s why it’s important to monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, lifestyle choices, and to keep in mind the role of family history, Murphy cautioned, “no matter your age.” 


Click here to review the signs and symptoms of a stroke. Call 911 if you or a loved one is experiencing signs of stroke.

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