“Ministrokes” are major emergencies

TIAs (Temporary Ischemic Attacks) are “warning strokes” or mini-strokes. They come on suddenly and have the same symptoms of stroke. They usually last less than five minutes, although some may last up to 24 hours. Unlike stroke, they cause no lasting injury to the brain, but people who have had a TIA are at much higher risk for future stroke.

Even if the symptoms of a TIA disappear quickly, it’s critical to recognize the symptoms and get immediate medical treatment to help prevent a major stroke.


Call 911 right away if you or someone you are with suddenly experiences any of these symptoms:

  • Numbness in the face, arms, or legs, especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause


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