August 19, 2005

Top Senate Democrat Reid learns of mild stroke

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid
of Nevada suffered a minor stroke earlier this week but doctors
found no complications, his office said on Friday.

"Senator Reid feels fine," his press secretary Tessa Hafen
said in a statement.

Hafen said the Senate minority leader had undergone
evaluations after he felt light-headed on Tuesday, and his wife
urged him to seek medical attention.

"There are no complications or any restrictions on his
activities," Hafen said. "His doctors have recommended that he
take advantage of the summer congressional recess for some down

The statement said Reid, 66, was told he had experienced a
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). It gave no other details.

A TIA is a brief stroke that lasts only a few minutes,
according to the National Institutes of Health Web page. It
occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is briefly
interrupted. Most symptoms disappear within an hour, although
they may persist for up to 24 hours.

TIAs are often warning signs that a person is at risk for a
more serious stroke.

The White House said President George W. Bush, who is at
his ranch in Texas, was "glad to hear that Senator Reid is
feeling fine and looks forward to working with him this fall."

Congress returns to Washington next month. Reid was tapped
by Senate Democrats to be their leader and help restore the
party's strength after big losses in the 2004 elections.