What is a mini-stroke?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Nina Solenski, Stroke Neurologist at the University of Virginia Health System, describes the different kinds of strokes including what is a mini-stroke.

    Host:What is a mini-stroke?

    Dr. Nina Solenski: A mini-stroke is a term that we use to be able to describe an interruption of blood flow that occurs but then it is restored. So the signs and the symptoms occur just as I described before except that they go away. The traditional description for a mini-stroke or a TIA is that it lasts 24 hours. But the truth is that most mini-strokes last very short periods of time, maybe five minutes or more, those are very important to recognize quickly.