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

Call 911 right away.

Transient ischemic attacks TIAs: 'Mini-strokes'

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

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 EducationUnderstanding Stroke, fifth edition, neuro-ahc-90662
Reviewed By: Allina Health Patient Education experts
First Published: 02/01/2006
Last Reviewed: 05/01/2018