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Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked temporarily. TIA causes stroke symptoms that last for a short time, then go away. This is why TIAs are called “mini-strokes.” Having a TIA means there is a problem that should be corrected. 

TIAs are a warning that a more serious stroke may occur. One-third of all stroke patients had TIA symptoms before their stroke. To prevent a future stroke, you must get treatment for a TIA.

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)  Symptoms

The symptoms you get with a TIA depend on the area of the brain affected. 

TIA symptoms may include:

  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness on one side of your body (in your face, arm, or leg)
  • Trouble talking or understanding others
  • Sudden confusion
  • Change in vision (double vision, blurred vision, dimmed vision, or loss of vision)
  • Trouble with swallowing

Treatment Options for a Transient Ischemic Attack

Your doctor may perform a series of testing after you've had a TIA. If you have a high risk of stroke, you may have to stay in the hospital for treatment.

Your treatment for a TIA may include taking medicines, such as blood thinners or Aspirin.

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