Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs)

Similar to a stroke, a transient ischemic attack, also referred to as a TIA, or sometimes a “mini stroke,” can happen when the blood flow to a certain portion of your brain is blocked, but for a short time only. In that case, damage to the cells of the brain is not a permanent condition.

TIAs — like ischemic strokes — are quite often due to blood clots. And while TIAs are not considered complete strokes, they substantially increase the risk that you will have a stroke in the future. If you have a TIA, it’s vital for your physician to determine what caused it, so they can aid you in preventing a stroke.

  • Quotes

    My husband and I are living proof that Dr. Thoman is a fantastic surgeon.
    — S
  • Emergency care is required in the event of either a stroke or a TIA.

    Diagnosing a TIA

  • Request Appointment Link

  • Like a stroke, the following symptoms can occur with a TIA:

    • Paralysis (an inability to move) or numbness of the face, arms, or legs, especially on one side of the body
    • Sudden weakness
    • Trouble speaking or understanding speech
    • Confusion
    • Sudden and severe headache
    • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
    • Dizziness, trouble walking, loss of balance or coordination, and unexplained falls
    • Problems breathing
    • Loss of consciousness

    They generally don’t last more than 1 or 2 hours, but can possibly last up to 24 hours.

  • Mission Statement

    We're here to help you through this challenging time as you consider your options for a healthier lifestyle. Our goal is to provide sage and effective modern care in an environment of support and compassion. We strive to give you confidence in our techniques and comfort in our care.
  • Treatment for TIAs

    TIAs are treated with medicines such as a tPA, medical procedures such as a carotid endarterectomy, and lifestyle changes.