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What are "mini strokes"?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology
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In brief: Mini stroke = TIA

A mini stroke, or TIA, is a stroke - a stroke with symptoms lasting less than 24 hours.
This could be weakness of an arm or leg, numbness of the face, arm and leg, double vision, etc. A mini stroke or TIA cannot be determined by testing, it is a clinical diagnosis. The cause of a TIA is the same as for a regular stroke. Blood pressure and smoking are important risk factors.

In brief: Mini stroke = TIA

A mini stroke, or TIA, is a stroke - a stroke with symptoms lasting less than 24 hours.
This could be weakness of an arm or leg, numbness of the face, arm and leg, double vision, etc. A mini stroke or TIA cannot be determined by testing, it is a clinical diagnosis. The cause of a TIA is the same as for a regular stroke. Blood pressure and smoking are important risk factors.
Dr. Olav Jaren
Dr. Olav Jaren
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Dr. Amar Dalsania
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: TIA

Mini strokes are known as transient ischemia attacks (TIA's).
They are transient neurological events that can behave like a stroke (slurred speech, facial droop, weakness, etc) but have no permanent effects like a stroke. However, a TIA is like a warning sign and efforts to reduce your risk of an actual stroke should be undertaken.

In brief: TIA

Mini strokes are known as transient ischemia attacks (TIA's).
They are transient neurological events that can behave like a stroke (slurred speech, facial droop, weakness, etc) but have no permanent effects like a stroke. However, a TIA is like a warning sign and efforts to reduce your risk of an actual stroke should be undertaken.
Dr. Amar Dalsania
Dr. Amar Dalsania
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
2 doctors agree

In brief: TIA's

See stroke.
Org for info. These are a warning for bigger strokes.

In brief: TIA's

See stroke.
Org for info. These are a warning for bigger strokes.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: TIA's

Usually the term implies transient disruptions of cerebral circulation without permanent death of brain tissue, but we could also apply this to very small lacunar infarcts secondary to very small blood vessels getting blocked.

In brief: TIA's

Usually the term implies transient disruptions of cerebral circulation without permanent death of brain tissue, but we could also apply this to very small lacunar infarcts secondary to very small blood vessels getting blocked.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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In brief: Small stroke

Mini stroke usually means small stroke on imaging studies like mri.
It is a misnomer. As size may not reflect the severity of deficits. Some lacunae stroke though small in size can produce complete paralysis. Generally it is meant to be in small in size and not producing significant disability.

In brief: Small stroke

Mini stroke usually means small stroke on imaging studies like mri.
It is a misnomer. As size may not reflect the severity of deficits. Some lacunae stroke though small in size can produce complete paralysis. Generally it is meant to be in small in size and not producing significant disability.
Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
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