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Disease Management Clinical Decisions

TIA Identification and Management

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Release Date:   May 19, 2017
Expiration Date:   May 19, 2020

Estimated Time of Completion:   15 minutes


Each lesson within the Disease Management Clinical Decisions series includes an optional related reading material from The Cleveland Clinic Disease Management Project or the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, an interactive case, and an evaluation.

Throughout the interactive case-based lesson, you may proceed to the next question once you answer each question correctly. In addition to allowing you to proceed, the correct answer also reveals the rationale for the answer.

Upon completing the CME activity, the evaluation and registration forms, you will have an opportunity to print your CME certificate for your records.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review the definition of transient ischemic attack (TIA).
  2. Identify the most common causes and mimics of TIA.
  3. Recognize the importance of rapid diagnosis of TIA.
  4. Describe the basic workup for patients presenting with TIA symptoms.
  5. Discuss available management options for TIA.

Target Audience

Directed to primary care physicians including family practitioners and internists.


The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants claiming CME credit from this activity may submit the credit hours to the American Osteopathic Association for Category 2 credit.

Activity Director and Faculty

Activity Director

Alexander Duart Rae-Grant, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Director of Resident and Student Education
Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH


Gabor Toth, MD
Staff, Cerebrovascular Center
Assistant Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

CME Disclaimer

The information in this educational activity is provided for general medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition. The viewpoints expressed in this CME activity are those of the authors/faculty. They do not represent an endorsement by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. In no event will The Cleveland Clinic Foundation be liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information provided through this CME activity.


In accordance with the Standards for Commercial Support issued by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education requires resolution of all faculty conflicts of interest to ensure CME activities are free of commercial bias.

The following faculty have indicated that they have no relationship which, in the context of their presentation, could be perceived as a potential conflict of interest:

Alexander Duart Rae-Grant, MD
Gabor Toth, MD

This CME activity was produced by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Center for Continuing Education.