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Each year, transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) occur in more than 200,000 Americans. These mini-strokes, caused by blood clots impeding blood flow to the brain, can be important harbingers of impending ischemic stroke. Immediate evaluation and intervention following TIAs can reduce the risk of stroke by nearly 80%.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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Mini-Strokes Can Be an Ominous Prelude to Catastrophic Strokes

Each year, more than 200,000 Americans experience mini-strokes known as transient ischemic attacks (TIAs).

Patients suffer strokelike symptoms such as paralysis on one side or difficulty speaking. While symptoms typically disappear in less than a few minutes and there's no brain damage, TIAs often are followed by severe strokes.

TIAs are an “ominous prelude to an impending cerebrovascular catastrophe, but also the opportunity to prevent a disabling event,” Loyola Medicine neurologists Camilo R. Gomez, MD; Michael J. Schneck, MD; and José Biller, MD, report in the journal F1000Research. However, the Illinois neurologists add that rapid evaluation and treatment can reduce the risk of stroke by about 80% during the dangerous first week following a TIA.

Most strokes are ischemic, meaning they are caused by blood clots that block blood flow to a part of the brain. TIAs also are caused by blood clots, but the clots quickly dissolve or are dislodged. However, there's a 5% to 10% risk of suffering a stroke during the 30 days following a TIA, and 15% to 20% of ischemic stroke patients report having experienced an earlier TIA.

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