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Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs): 'Mini-strokes'

In some cases, strokes are followed by transient ischemic attacks (TIAs). These are sometimes called "mini-strokes."


Do not ignore symptoms of a transient ischemic attack (TIA).

Call 911 right away.

TIAs are caused by a temporary loss of blood flow to a part of your brain. They have the same symptoms as a stroke.

Symptoms usually go away within minutes or a few hours. There is no way to predict if symptoms will last.

These mini-strokes require the same immediate attention as those of a lasting stroke.


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Understanding Stroke: Information about Stroke and Recovery, fourth edition, ISBN 1-931876-13-4

First published: 02/01/2006
Last updated: 12/09/2011

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts