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The major problem of ministrokes

February 1, 2021

A transient ischemic attack is a warning of a potential full stroke. Don't ignore it.

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An estimated 795,000 people get a first-time stroke every year, and there is a good chance they were warned. Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), also known as ministrokes, share many of the typical stroke symptoms. Yet they often are mild and brief, which is why they routinely get missed or ignored.

"A TIA is your body sounding a loud alarm that you're at high risk for a full stroke, and you need to listen," says Dr. Erica Camargo Faye, a stroke neurologist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

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