Senate Democratic leader Reid has mild stroke
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(CNN) -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid suffered a mild stroke earlier this week and underwent tests, but he was not hospitalized and "feels fine," his office said Friday.
The Nevada Democrat experienced lightheadedness Tuesday evening and was diagnosed with having a transient ischemic attack after seeking medical attention, his office said in a statement.
Reid, 65, was in Searchlight, Nevada. his hometown, when the episode occurred, The Associated Press reported.
"Senator Reid feels fine. There are no complications or any restrictions on this activities," the statement said. "His doctors have recommended that he take advantage of the summer congressional recess for some down time."
A transient ischemic attack is a brief interruption of the blood supply to a part of the brain. It can be a warning sign that a person is at risk for a more serious stroke, according to the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
About one-third of people who experience such an attack will eventually suffer a more serious stroke, although the risk can be reduced by treating underlying risk factors, which include high blood pressure, heart disease, carotid (neck) artery disease and diabetes, according to the institute.
Reid graduated from Utah State University and used to work nights as a U.S. Capitol police officer while a law student at George Washington University, according to the biography on his Web site. He is a four-term U.S. Senator and has five children and 15 grandchildren.
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