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Question: What is a Transient Ischemic Attack and How serious is it? A friend of mine has been experiencing tingling and a numb feeling in her hand and someone told her about this medical condition and we don't know what it is. How common is this? Any suggestions?

Answer: A TIA is serious, because when it occurs, you cannot tell the difference between a TIA and a full-blown stroke. Anybody suspected to be having a stroke should be taken to the emergency room IMMEDIATELY. As neurologists say, "Time is brain." The longer you wait, the more brain tissue dies. That being said, if your friend's hand has been tingling and numb for a while, or it is brought on by a change in position or some activity, or if it is relieved by a change in position, your friend is probably okay. Read up on the warning signs of stroke, so you'll better know when you should take someone to the hospital.

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