A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is when blood flow to a part of your brain is blocked for a short time. A TIA is like a stroke but usually lasts only a few minutes. A TIA does not cause lasting brain damage. Any vision problems, slurred speech, or other symptoms usually go away in 10 to 20 minutes. But they may last for up to 24 hours.
TIAs are often warning signs of a stroke. Some people who have a TIA may have a stroke in the future. A stroke can cause symptoms like those of a TIA. But a stroke causes lasting damage to your brain.
You can take steps to help prevent a stroke. One thing you can do is get early treatment. If you have other new symptoms, or if your symptoms do not get better, go back to the emergency room or call your doctor right away. Getting treatment right away may prevent long-term brain damage caused by a stroke.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: March 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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