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If a family member experienced a transient ischemic attack, how would she recognize it?

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Dr. Christopher White
Cardiology 43 years experience
Mini stroke: Tia's are strokes that resolve within minutes to hours without permanent damage. Typically focal deficits, unilateral sensory or strength problems. Can affect speech and vision. Need to be checked by a doctor.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
TIA: Transient ischemic attack or mini stroke has obvious symptoms of either facial drop, paresthesias, weakness of extremities or a speech disorder. These symptoms are transient usually clear in a few hours.
Dr. Khamid Bakhadirov
Neurology 18 years experience
TIA: Tia (transitory ischemic attack) happens when blood supply to a certain area of the brain gets cut off temporarily. This causes a neurologic deficit - weakness, numbness, visual deficit or difficulty with speech. While TIA usually resolves, it indicates that there is a problem with your heart or blood vessels that can cause another TIA or stroke.
Dr. Darren Gitelman
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TIA: A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is caused by the transient blockage of a blood vessel in the brain. The symptoms depend on the blood vessel being blocked and can be difficult to recognize because they can be very variable. For example, symptoms can include weakness, numbness, confusion, difficulty speaking, changes in vision, dizziness, etc.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
TIA: Symptoms of tia weakness or numbness of part of the body, loss of vision, slurred speech, confusion. Remember all these symptoms are transient.

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