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Overview of Transient ischaemic attack (TIA)

A transient ischaemic attack (commonly known as a TIA or mini stroke) is when someone experiences symptoms that are similar to a stroke, but only last from a few minutes up to a few hours.


If you or someone near you shows symptoms of a stroke, do not wait to see if the symptoms go away – call 111 for an ambulance immediately.

Having a TIA can put you at higher risk of having a stroke.

Symptoms of TIA

Typical symptoms of TIA:

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed November 2015.

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