First Aid Acronyms Explained – TIA

First Aid Acronyms Explained – TIA

T – Transient

I – Ischemic

A – Attack


First Aid Acronyms Explained – TIA.

An acronym is a word or name formed as an abbreviation, created from the initial letters of a phrase or a word. The first aid world uses many acronyms to help us remember different treatments. In this series we have explained the meanings of the most common first aid acronyms to help you avoid confusion!

The first aid acronym TIA means the casualty has suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), which is a brief episode of neurological dysfunction caused by loss of blood flow (ischemia) in the brain, spinal cord, or retina, without tissue death (infarction).


Stress can raise the risk of stroke or TIA by up to 59 percent.

TIAs have the same underlying mechanism as strokes, usually a blood clot, but usually last for a shorter period of time.  TIAs are still very serious however and immediate medical support should be sought to rule out anything more serious.

NHS has more information about TIAs and the Stroke Association also has further information available.

To learn the signs and symptoms to watch out for with Strokes and TIAs, check out our Strokes Blog.

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