transient ischemic attack

noun

: 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

Examples of transient ischemic attack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Any of the warning signs may last only a few moments and then disappear, which could mean the person is having a minor stroke or a transient ischemic attack, or TIA. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 1 May 2023 Earlier this year, she was hospitalized after suffering a mini-stroke called transient ischemic attack (or TIA). Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 29 Nov. 2022 Dad’s transient ischemic attack in July 2020 left him with slurred speech and unable to walk, feed, bathe, or go to the bathroom independently. Carmen Cusido, refinery29.com, 20 June 2022 Sometimes, blood is blocked for only a short time -- usually five minutes at most -- and that is called a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or a mini-stroke. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 17 May 2022 Hailey Bieber’s very public hospitalization led doctors to determine a transient ischemic attack (TIA) - also known as a mini-stroke. Ebony Williams, ajc, 2 May 2022 Doctors believe the transient ischemic attack was the result of Bieber recently having covid, traveling back and forth to Paris, and having begun birth-control pills despite previously suffering from migraines. Compiled Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 1 May 2022 In actuality, Bieber had suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA)—sometimes called a mini-stroke, according to the Mayo Clinic—due to a small blood clot in her brain. Serena Coady, SELF, 28 Apr. 2022 The researchers defined the following conditions as new cardiovascular diseases in volunteers: heart attack, heart failure, chronic ischemic heart disease, stroke, and transient ischemic attack. Chris Smith, BGR, 9 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Transient ischemic attack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transient%20ischemic%20attack. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

transient ischemic attack

noun
: 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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