A transient ischemic attack (TIA) happens when blood flow to part of the brain is stopped for a short time. It's also called a mini-stroke because the symptoms are like those of a stroke but they don't last long or cause lasting damage.
A TIA is a warning that you may have a stroke in the future. Early treatment can help prevent a stroke.
Last Revised: October 9, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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