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Mini-strokes are a warning sign for future problems

3:26 PM, Apr. 17, 2013
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Q: What is a mini-stroke?

A: A mini-stroke is a transient ischemic attack (TIA). Its symptoms are like a stroke but do not last long.

A TIA is a warning that you are likely going to have a stroke in the future. A TIA happens when blood flow to part of the brain is blocked or reduced, often by a blood clot. After a short time, blood flows again and the symptoms go away. With a stroke, the blood flow stays blocked, and the brain has permanent damage. ...

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