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About Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

A Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), also known as Transient Cerebral Ischemia or “mini-stroke,”is an event in which blood flow to the brain is briefly blocked and then restored before lasting damage occurs. Surgical treatment of the underlying cause may prevent permanent damage. The most common treatment options are carotid endarterectomy (CEA) and carotid artery angioplasty and stenting (CAS). Our neurosurgeons are experienced in these, as well as less common surgical interventions.

Although its symptoms disappear within minutes or hours, a TIA should not be ignored. A person who has had a TIA may be at risk for a full-blown stroke, which can cause permanent brain damage or death. In fact, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death, and the leading cause of disability, among adult Americans.

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