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what's it called when you have a heart attack in your brain? i think my gramps had a brief one. he didn't know my name.

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
My sympathy: I'm awfully sorry to hear about your gramps. When a blockage in the heart clogs an artery supplying blood to the heart muscle, it is called "a heart attack". When that happens in the brain, it's called a "stroke." i hope your gramps is getting good medical care and gets better quickly.
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 29 years experience
TIA: A temporary neurological deficit from usually an embolic event is called a transient ischemic attack. It usually is a warning sign for a real stroke. Get checked out soon.

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