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transient ischaemic attack or TIA (also known as a mini-stroke) is the same as a stroke, except that the symptoms last for a short time. If you or someone you know has had a TIA, this guide explains what the symptoms are, what you should do when you have them, and how a TIA is diagnosed and treated.

Topics include:

  • Spotting the signs of a TIA.
  • How is a TIA diagnosed?
  • Will I have a stroke after TIA?
  • Causes of TIA.
  • Blood-thinning medication after TIA.
  • Emotional changes and fatigue after TIA.
  • TIA of unknown cause.
  • Healthy lifestyle changs after TIA.

Accessible formats



This guide is available in a range of other languages.

  • Catalan (PDF)
  • Croatian (PDF)
  • Czech (PDF)
  • Georgian (PDF)
  • Greek (PDF)
  • Hungarian (PDF)
  • Latvian (PDF)
  • Macedonian (PDF)
  • Polish (PDF)
  • Serbian (PDF)
  • Spanish (PDF)
  • Turkish (PDF)
  • Ukrainian (PDF)

Document date

Publication date
September 2017
Next review due
September 2019