Transient Ischemic Attack: Overview

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), also called a mini-stroke, occurs where a person has all the symptoms of a stroke, but then the symptoms disappear. A person may have recurring sequences of TIAs over a short or long period. This is an extremely dangerous condition that is a medical emergency, because it can indicate an imminent risk of stroke. Even where many TIAs have occurred, they could change to a full-blown stroke event at any time, although some patients can have syndromes with recurring TIA events without stroke. Risk factors include heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and others risks of stroke. Symptoms are almost the same as the symptoms of stroke, such as mental symptoms (e.g. loss of consciousness, syncope, confusion, etc.), dizziness, vertigo, vision disturbances (e.g. blurred vision), speech disturbances (e.g. slurred speech), skin sensations (tingling, paresthesias), muscle weakness, and other symptoms. Read more about: Stroke.

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