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The diagnosis of transient ischemic attack (TIA) typically is based on your medical history rather than a physical exam, because symptoms usually have gone away by the time you seek medical attention.
The onset of one or more of the following symptoms without any known injury to the head suggests that you may have had a TIA:
Other causes of these symptoms need to be considered too. When more than one symptom is present, the pattern of the symptoms can be used to decide whether they were likely to be caused by a TIA. The doctor will note which symptoms were present and which areas of the body were involved. This may help the doctor find out which part of the brain was affected. He or she also will note how long the symptoms lasted. Symptoms of a TIA usually go away in minutes (10 to 20 minutes).
The doctor also may ask questions to find out other possible causes for the symptoms, such as flu, inner ear problems, stress, rapid breathing, low blood sugar (if you have diabetes), or seizure.
Other information from the medical history often includes:
Your doctor usually will do a physical exam to check your:
The doctor also will:
Last Revised: September 19, 2011
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