'Mini-strokes' lead to PTSD and other psychiatric disorders

October 3, 2014 7:05 AM

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'Mini-strokes' lead to PTSD and other psychiatric disorders

Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) occur when the flow of blood to the brain is disrupted temporarily, often by blood clots or other debris. They differ from major strokes in that the flow of blood is only blocked for a relatively short time - usually no more than 5 minutes.

Despite only disrupting blood flow temporarily, TIAs serve as warning signs for future major strokes. They indicate that there is a partially blocked artery or a clot source in the heart. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that between 10-15% of people with TIA will experien...

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