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When should I call my doctor if I have had a transient ischemic attack?

Having a transient ischemic attack (TIA), also called a mini-stroke or a warning stroke, raises your risk for a full stroke. This is especially true in the first few days after a TIA. If you've had a TIA, your doctor will prescribe treatment and lifestyle changes to prevent a future stroke. After a TIA, see your doctor regularly for follow ups, to be sure your medications and other treatments are working, and to check for any warning signs of a stroke. Get emergency help immediately if you have any of these signs of a stroke:
  • Sudden numbness or muscle weakness, especially on one side of your body
  • Confusion or problems with understanding
  • Trouble speaking or seeing
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Dizziness or loss of balance

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