A news release from the Senator's office says Reid felt lightheadedness on tuesday evening.
Doctors determined it was a Transient Ischemic Attack, or TIA. Tests came back negative, but doctors have told the senator to take some down time and rest. A T.I.A can be a temporary condition, or can be a warning sign of the potential for a stroke.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., saw a doctor after feeling lightheaded Tuesday and learned he'd suffered a mild stroke, aides said Friday.
"Senator Reid feels fine. There are no complications or any
restrictions on his activities. He has undergone evaluations this
week, and his doctors have recommended that he take advantage of
the summer congressional recess for some down time," said a
statement issued by Reid's press secretary, Tessa Hafen.
The statement said Reid sought medical attention at the urging
of his wife, Landra. He was told he had experienced a transient
The statement did not say where Reid was where the episode
occurred or where he received treatment. Congress has been in
recess since the beginning of August.
Such an attack is described by the National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and Stroke as a transient stroke that lasts
a few minutes and occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain
is briefly interrupted.
Symptoms including weakness and dizziness usually occur suddenly
and are similar to those of stroke, but usually disappear within an
hour, though they may persist for up to 24 hours.
The National Stroke Association says transient ischemic attack,
considered a type of mini-stroke, is a brief episode of stroke
symptoms that usually last less than 24 hours and usually does not
involve any permanent loss of abilities. One in three people who
experience a TIA go on to have an actual stroke, the NSA reports on
its Web site.
Reid is 66.
His deputy as leader of the Senate Democrats is Sen. Dick Durbin