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Date:4/17/2009

han five minutes.(4) TIAs generally do not cause permanent brain damage, and while some produce no outwardly recognizable symptoms at all,(3) common symptoms include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; and sudden, severe headache with no known cause.(3) Although studies may vary, up to 20 percent of people who have a TIA will experience a stroke within 90 days,(3) making proper risk reduction and treatment critically important. More than one-third of those who suffer a TIA are expected to eventually suffer a stroke.(3)

About Stroke

Stroke is the third-leading cause of death and the leading cause of chronic adult disability in the United States.(3) There are approximately 5.8 million stroke survivors in the United States,(1) and nearly 70 percent of them are left with some type of disability, which may include paralysis, vision problems, speech or language problems and memory loss.(5) Although studies may vary, up to 20 percent of people who have a TIA will experience a stroke within 90 days,(3) making proper risk reduction and treatment critically important.

About National Stroke Association

National Stroke Association is the leading national non-profit organization devoting all its efforts and resources to stroke. National Stroke Association provides the most up-to-date information on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for stroke survivors and their families. For more information on National Stroke Association and its programs please contact 1-800-STROKES or visit http://www.stroke.org.

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