Harvard Heart Letter

Heart Beat: New name for TIA?

Heart Beat

New name for TIA?

In an article on transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), we asked readers to suggest a more descriptive or more helpful name for these fleeting strokes. One suggestion was mini stroke, with the advice that the term should always be followed by "it often precedes a major stroke and is not to be taken lightly." Other responses include:

  • Brain attack

  • Early stroke warning

  • Full stroke preview

  • Lit-fuse stroke

  • Pending stroke preview

  • Pre-stroke warning

  • Prescient ischemic episode

  • Pulsating stroke

  • RACE (for Rapid evaluation, Access to diagnostic imaging, Control of risk factors, and Endovascular therapy)

  • Slow-onset stroke

  • Stroke

  • Stroke alert

  • Stroke early warning

  • Stroke preview

  • Take immediate action

  • Temporary stroke

  • Transient ischemic warning

  • Transient stroke warning

  • Transitory stroke

  • Type 2 stroke

  • Warning stroke

We like "Stroke alert" and "Take immediate action" best. Both are strong messages that convey urgency and action.

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