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Difference Between CVA and TIA


“CVA” stands for “cerebrovascular accident” or “brain stroke.” “TIA” stands for “transient ischemic attack” or “mini-stroke.”

A CVA or brain stroke is very dangerous. It’s an emergency case as prolonging the death of brain tissues will result in paralysis and death. In CVAs there is permanent blockage or occlusion in brain nerves caused by a travelling blood clot. This clot is made up of fats. People who are obese with hypertension have greater chances of getting a stroke.

Another type of stroke which is the most dangerous type is called an aneurysm and this may cause instant death. The cause for aneurysm is  elevated high blood pressure, lack of exercise and a high fat percentage in the body. As the fats clog blood vessels , it may cause an occlusion.

A TIA, on the other hand, is less dangerous. TIAs occur when the delivery of oxygen is disrupted in the brain. This causes a temporary loss of consciousness.

CVAs are treated with anti-hypertensive drugs and blood thinners such as Coumadin, Aspirin.  Rehabilitation will be implemented to recover paralyzed part of the body. TIAs, on the other hand, require rest and adequate oxygenation to regain the person’s consciousness.

Since CVA is  more dangerous frequent monitoring needed in a hospital setting. Most of the time these patients are placed in the ICU. CVAs can be prevented through lifestyle modification, diet, and exercise.


1. “CVA” stands for “cerebrovascular accident” or “brain stroke.” “TIA” stands for
“transient ischemic attack” or “mini-stroke.”

A CVA is an emergency case while a TIA is not.
CVAs require medical intervention while TIAs do not.

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