Transient ischaemic attack (TIA)Overview

A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or "mini stroke" is caused by a temporary disruption in the blood supply to part of the brain.


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


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


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


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