A 47-year-old member asked:
Is a transient ischemic attack considered the same thing as an acute stroke?
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Dr. Darren Gitelman answered
35 years experience in Neurology
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.
Answered on May 20, 2015
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