Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) is a “mini stroke” that occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery for a short time. The only difference between a stroke and TIA is that with TIA, the blockage is transient (temporary). Unlike a stroke, when a TIA is over, there is no permanent injury to the brain. However, there is no way to tell if you are having a TIA or major stroke because the signs are exactly the same.
By recognizing TIA symptoms and getting to the hospital, you can get help in identifying why the TIA occurred and get treatment. It is important to seek medical care promptly. Since TIA symptoms dissipate quickly and the body returns to normal, TIAs are often ignored and the problem believed to have passed. Remember do not ignore a TIA. The underlying problem and origin of the TIA continues to be present in your body.