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Everything to Know About a Transient Ischemic Attack or Mini-Stroke


Everyone knows about the classic symptoms of a stroke – and the usual permanent damage that follows it. However, there is such a thing as a “mini-stroke,” and while it shares some of the same symptoms as a full-blown stroke, it can serve as a warning that something bigger may be on its way.

The medical term for a mini-stroke is a transient ischemic attack (TIA), which the keyword being “transient” – meaning it doesn’t have lasting effects. But it’s not that simple, so let’s take a look at 13 things to know about a TIA…

1. Defining a TIA

Healthline.com says a mini-stroke occurs when there’s a temporary lack of blood flow to a part of the brain, which can have stroke-like effects that resolve within a day or so.

While a stroke will cause permanent brain damage (although varying levels of recovery are possible with ongoing treatment and support), a TIA does not cause permanent damage, it adds.

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