Texans coach Gary Kubiak suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack (mini-stroke)By Doug Farrar
As he was walking off the field at the half of Houston’s game against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak collapsed and was taken to a Houston-area hospital. Kubiak was given a battery of tests, and according to multiple reports coming out on Monday evening, the coach suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), often referred to as a “mini-stroke.”
TIAs are caused by blood clots just as stokes are; the difference is that in these cases, the clots clear more quickly. According to the American Stroke Association, most TIAs last about one minute, and generally don’t last longer than five minutes. TIAs don’t generally cause permanent brain damage or loss of motor function, but they are serious warning signs and lead to a higher probability of strokes in the future. About a third of those who have TIAs suffer strokes within a year.
“TIA is a warning stroke and gives a patient time to act and keep a permanent stroke from occurring,” Dr. Emil Matarese of St. Mary’s Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa. told the ASA’s website. “By recognizing TIA symptoms and getting to the hospital, the patient can get help in identifying why the TIA occurred and get treatment — either through medication or surgery — that can prevent a stroke from occurring.”
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