Transient ischemic attacks

Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), sometimes called "mini-strokes," happen when a blood clot temporarily reduces blood flow to the brain. Symptoms usually last only 10 to 15 minutes and clear up within 24 hours, with no lasting damage. But having a TIA puts you at risk for a stroke.

TIAs sometimes happen before strokes, and they are considered a warning sign of stroke. If you have symptoms of a TIA, you should see your doctor immediately. The risk of stroke could be reduced by 80% if people are immediately treated by stroke specialists.

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Review Date: 1/5/2015  

Reviewed By: Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, Solutions Acupuncture, a private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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