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What is a transient ischemic attack?
A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a temporary neurological episode also known as a 'mini-stroke'.
What causes a transient ischemic attack?
A TIA is caused by a temporary blockage or narrowing in a blood vessel leading to the brain.
What is the 'FAST' test for stroke?
The FAST test is a set of early warning signs for stroke that anyone can use to recognize a stroke. FAST is an acronym for: Face (is it droopy, flaccid, especially just on one side? Can the person smile?); Arms (can the person lift both their arms …
Who gets a transient ischemic attack?
While anyone can have a TIA, it is more common in older adults. High blood pressure, smoking, a poor diet and obesity are also major contributors to the risk of a TIA.
How is a transient ischemic attack diagnosed?
Since a TIA is sudden and is over quickly, diagnosis of a TIA typically happens after it has passed. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history and status, and about the symptoms you have experienced. Your doctor may then have you …
How is a transient ischemic attack treated?
TIA in itself is not treated, as it is a temporary event and leaves no lasting damage. After a TIA, the focus will be on monitoring you for signs of a stroke and preventing a stroke from occurring. This may include medication (for example, drugs …
Can a transient ischemic attack be prevented?
The risk of a TIA cannot be completely eliminated, but you can lessen the chance of it happening by stopping smoking, reducing high blood pressure, becoming more physically active and improving your diet.
About this article
Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 17 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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