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What are the symptoms of a transient ischemic attack?

The signs and symptoms of a TIA are like those of a stroke. They can include: sudden weakness on one side of the body (hemiparesis); inability to move or lift the arm; sudden paralysis of one side of the body (hemiplegia); movement and coordination problems; cognitive problems such as confusion, difficulty with speech, understanding speech, formulating thoughts and memory loss; blurred vision, loss of vision, or seeing only half the regular vision field (hemianopia), or sudden blindness in one eye. The difference between a TIA and a stroke is that a TIA usually passes within minutes, causing little lasting damage, while a stroke's effects are permanent. Thus, it is neither possible nor advisable to try to tell a TIA from a stroke while it is occurring.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 17 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Hypertension

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