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transient ischemic attack

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is temporary loss in brain function when the brain does not get enough blood for a short time. It is a minor stroke that does not cause permanent damage.


Symptoms may include:


  • loss of movement in the arms, face, or legs
  • weakness in the legs
  • slurring of speech
  • inability to speak clearly
  • seeing double
  • partially blind
  • numbness
  • tingling of the skin
  • dizziness

Causes may include:


  • blockage of the blood supply to a part of the brain
  • atherosclerosis - a condition in which fatty deposits build up in the blood vessels, creating thickened areas called plaque
  • small blood clots moving to the brain from other parts of the body

Treatment may include:


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