transient ischemic attack

noun

Definition of transient ischemic attack

: a brief episode of cerebral ischemia that is usually characterized by temporary blurring of vision, slurring of speech, numbness, paralysis, or syncope and is often predictive of a serious stroke abbreviation TIA

called also ministroke

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Recent Examples on the Web But strokes and ministrokes (also called transient ischemic attacks) can occur in people as young as 45 and are rising in people between the ages of 50 and 65, according to the Texas Medical Center. Julie Garcia, Houston Chronicle, "Younger stroke deaths like Luke Perry, John Singleton becoming more common," 22 July 2019 But in June 2018, Marguerita had a TIA (transient ischemic attack, or a mini stroke). Alyssa Jung, Woman's Day, "Meet the Women of the 2019 Live Longer & Stronger Challenge," 5 Sep. 2019 Doctors would eventually diagnose the incident as a mini-stroke, technically a transient ischemic attack, with a loss of blood flow, according to the Mayo Clinic. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Committed to helping homeless, Laurel Councilwoman Nicholas to be honored for volunteering," 26 July 2019 His charity, Tedy's Team, said in a statement that Bruschi suffered a transient ischemic attack on Thursday. CBS News, "Former Patriots star Tedy Bruschi recovering after suffering stroke," 5 July 2019 The Tedy's Team Instagram account posted the statement, saying Bruschi suffered a stroke known as a transient ischemic attack. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Tedy Bruschi Recovering After Suffering Stroke," 5 July 2019 The statement identified the stroke as a transient ischemic attack, which temporarily blocks blood flow to the brain. CNN, "Former New England Patriots player Tedy Bruschi is recovering from a stroke, his family says," 5 July 2019 According to the American Stroke Association, a transient ischemic attack is a temporary blockage of blood to the brain, caused by a clot or blockage and is sometimes referred to as a mini-stroke or warning stroke. Kim Chandler, The Seattle Times, "Alabama governor disputes assertion she had mini-stroke," 16 Oct. 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Transient ischemic attack.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transient%20ischemic%20attack. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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transient ischemic attack

noun

Medical Definition of transient ischemic attack

: a brief episode of cerebral ischemia that is usually characterized by temporary blurring of vision, slurring of speech, numbness, paralysis, or syncope and that is often predictive of a serious stroke abbreviation TIA

called also little stroke, ministroke

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