Transient ischaemic attack (TIA)Causes

Transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs) happen when one of the blood vessels that supply your brain with oxygen-rich blood becomes blocked.

overview

A transient ischaemic attack, also called a "mini stroke", is a serious condition where the blood supply to your brain is temporarily disrupted.

symptoms

Common symptoms of a transient ischaemic attack include your face dropping on 1 side, not being able to lift your arms, and slurred speech.

causes

Transient ischaemic attacks are usually caused by a clot blocking the blood supply to the brain. They're often linked to an unhealthy lifestyle.

treatments_overview

Treatments often used after a transient ischaemic attack include medicines to prevent blood clots and surgery to improve blood supply to the brain.

prevention

You can reduce your risk of transient ischaemic attacks by doing things like eating healthily, exercising regularly and not smoking.

Page last reviewed: 15/08/2019
Next review due: 15/08/2022