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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."

    Warning!

    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 Patient Education Department, Understanding Stroke: Information about Stroke and Recovery, fourth edition, ISBN 1-931876-13-4
    Reviewed by: Allina Health Patient Education Department experts
    First published: 02/01/2006
    Last reviewed: 12/09/2011