Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid suffered a mild stroke-like attack, aides said, and is staying home in Nevada for the rest of the congressional recess, which ends on Labor Day.
After Reid felt light-headed Tuesday evening, his wife, Landra, urged him to seek medical attention, according to a statement by Reid's spokeswoman Tessa Hafen. Doctors in Las Vegas concluded the veteran Democrat, who is 65, had suffered a transient ischemic attack, a stroke that lasts a few minutes and occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is briefly interrupted, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health.
"Senator Reid feels fine," Hafen said. "There are no complications or any restrictions on his activities. . . . His doctors have recommended that he take advantage of the summer congressional recess for some down time."
According to the neurological institute's Web site, transient ischemic attack, or TIA, symptoms include numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; confusion or difficulty in talking or understanding speech; vision problems; and dizziness or loss of coordination.
TIAs often are warnings "that a person is at risk for a more serious and debilitating stroke. About one-third of those who have a TIA will have an acute stroke some time in the future," the site said. It added that many TIAs can be prevented by heeding warning signs and treating risk factors such as high blood pressure, heart disease and carotid artery disease. Reid is known for his healthy lifestyle. He neither smokes nor drinks, and he has run numerous marathons.
-- Shailagh Murray