TEST YOUR MED­I­CAL IQ

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A tran­sient is­chemic at­tack (TIA) is a tem­po­rary…

A. heart stop­page.

B. in­abil­ity to breathe.

C. blood-pres­sure spike.

D. block­age of the brain’s blood sup­ply.

An­swer: D. A tran­sient is­chemic at­tack, also known as a mini-stroke, is a tem­po­rary dis­rup­tion of the blood flow to the brain, pos­si­bly marked by numb­ness or paral­y­sis in the face or limbs, vi­sion dis­tur­bance, a se­vere headache or trou­ble speak­ing and un­der­stand­ing speech. Al­though symp­toms usu­ally last for only a few min­utes, see a doc­tor right away if they oc­cur. A TIA is a sign of plaque, clot­ting or other ob­struc­tions in the ar­ter­ies lead­ing to your brain.

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