Tell emergency personnel the exact time when you first noticed symptoms.
If the person is having a stroke instead of a transient ischemic attack (TIA), there is a medicine that may reduce long-term effects if given within four and a half hours of the first symptom appearing. Sooner is better.
If the person is diabetic, check the blood glucose (sugar) level. Treat low glucose with a glucose tablet, glass of orange juice or other sugary drink or food, or a glucagon injection if the person is not able to swallow.
2. Follow Up
A doctor will examine the person and run tests to confirm TIA. Tests may include an MRI or a CT scan.
Treatment may include medication, lifestyle changes, and possibly surgery to reduce the risk of stroke.