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Is a transient ischemic attack considered the same thing as an acute stroke?

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Dr. Darren Gitelman
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Possibly: A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is caused by the transient blockage of a blood vessel in the brain, which causes symptoms (weakness, numbness, changes in vision, difficulty speaking, etc.) because the nerve cells aren't working when the blood vessel is blocked. If the blockage is brief (< 1 hour) there may be no damage. If the blockage lasts longer, damage (a stroke) may occur.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Not quiet : Tia is otherwise called a mini stroke. As the name says the symptoms are akin to a stroke but they are temporary. The symptoms by definition should resolve completely in 24 hours. If any of the symptoms persist then you can call it a stroke.

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