What exactly is a transient ischemic attack (TIA)?

Houston Texans Coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the sidelines of his team's game on Sunday after experiencing an apparent transient ischemic attack. So-called TIAs can serve as a warning sign of something more severe. They're often called "mini-strokes," but experts say they must still be taken seriously.

In this video, Kathy Morrison, Stroke Program manager at Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute, explains the basics about TIAs -- and why it is important to call 911 if you think you have experienced one.

What exactly is a transient ischemic attack (TIA)?

Houston Texans Coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the sidelines of his team's game on Sunday after experiencing an apparent transient ischemic attack. So-called TIAs are sometimes referred to as mini-strokes. That term can seem to minimalize the condition, but TIAs can actually be signs of more serious problems to come: 30 percent of people who experience a TIA will go on to have a stroke if left untreated. In this video, Kathy Morrison, MSN, RN, CNRN, Stroke Program Manager at Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute, explains the basics about TIAs -- and why it is important to call 911 if you think you have experienced one.

 

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Last Updated November 07, 2013