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Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Services at UPMC in Central Pa

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) can be the prelude to a full-blown stroke (brain attack). In the past, TIAs were sometimes called “mini-strokes.” While TIA is not a stroke, TIAs are very serious.

In fact, studies show patients have a fifteen percent risk of experiencing a major stroke within days after a TIA. Never ignore TIA symptoms, which can be temporary or fleeting. Early detection can lead to immediate diagnosis and treatment.

Symptoms To Watch For:

  • Sudden numbness in your face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion
  • Sudden trouble seeing, talking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble with balance or walking
  • Sudden dizziness or loss of coordination
  • Sudden severe headache you cannot explain
  • Loss of consciousness or seizure

What to Do If You Are Experiencing TIA Symptoms

If you suspect you are having a TIA, get medical help immediately. Recognizing symptoms of a TIA and seeking immediate treatment will reduce the risk of a major stroke.

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Phone: 717-791-2440

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