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Date:4/17/2009

care providers, and although studies may vary, up to 20 percent will suffer a stroke within 90 days,(1) with the highest risk within the first 30 days following the TIA.(1) Symptoms of TIA are similar to those of stroke but are less severe and generally do not cause permanent brain injury.(3) Suffering a stroke, however, does have lasting effects. Stroke is the leading cause of chronic adult disability in the United States - nearly 70 percent of stroke survivors will be left with some type of disability, which may include paralysis, vision problems, speech or language problems and memory loss.(5)

"I know how important it is to treat TIA to help avoid a future stroke," said TIA patient Charlie Harris, 62. "Being unaware of the symptoms can mean a TIA goes unnoticed and untreated, increasing the risk of a potentially devastating stroke. TalkAboutTIA.com is a great way to learn and share important health information with those you care about to ensure they have the knowledge I wish I had before suffering my TIA."

The Talk About TIA! Web site, www.TalkAboutTIA.com, provides information and interactive resources for people to learn more about TIA. Features include descriptions of common risk factors, interactive body symptoms map, and downloadable checklists to aid discussions with physicians about how to reduce the risk of stroke, including lifestyle changes and medical treatment when necessary. The site also includes personal stories from TIA survivors and e-postcards that visitors to the site can send to share what they learn about TIA and encourage those who may be at risk to speak with their doctors.

About Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) occurs when blood flow to the brain is temporarily obstructed, producing stroke-like symptoms that last less than a day,(3) and typically less t
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SOURCE Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; National Stroke Association
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