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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is transient ischemic attack (TIA)?

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is often referred to as a “mini stroke”. The symptoms of a TIA are similar a stroke, however they do not last as long (from minutes up to 24 hours). TIA occurs when a portion of the brain's blood supply is temporarily cut off by a blood clot or fatty deposits in the blood vessel. There is no death of brain cells or permanent brain damage. TIA is a sign that there is a high risk for strokes in the future.

Symptoms of transient ischemic attack (TIA)

  • Dizziness

  • Sensation of imbalance as if floating when at sea

  • Slurred speech

  • Difficulty seeing on one side

  • Weakness in arms or legs

  • Weakness on one side of the body

  • Smile is not symmetrical

  • Blind spots or blind areas in vision

Questions your doctor may ask to check for transient ischemic attack (TIA)

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose transient ischemic attack (TIA)

  • Are you feeling dizzy right now?

  • Do you feel like you are floating / off-balance like you are at sea?

  • Do you have slurred speech?

  • Are you unable to see out from one eye?

  • Do you feel any weakness in your arms or legs?

Treatment for transient ischemic attack (TIA)

Emergency treatment in the hospital is required for TIAs. One or more medications may be prescribed to thin the blood and control blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Surgery may be needed in more severe cases.

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