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    Lasting effects after a TIA
    RIDDL3 posted:
    My father recently suffered two mini-strokes or two TIA's. If a TIA is not a full-on stroke then what, if any, are the long term effects on the body and mind? If a TIA shouldnt result in long lasting effets, then has he been misdiagnosed and possibly at risk still for a stroke?
    JeffDaddy; responded:
    I've discussed this with my neurologist with respect to my own experience and this seems to be a gray area that has become grayer with new medicines like tPA. You're right - as I understand it, the difference between stroke and TIA is the long-term impact and the resulting amount of brain damage. In my own case, the neurologist describes one attack as a stroke and two others as TIAs. However, if I talk to my general practioner, he would say they are all TIAs because the effects of my stroke were relieved in within an hour by the tPA, therefore, short duration and no long lasting effect. At this point, I think of this as 6 and a half dozen.

    It seems prudent to assume that the diagnosis is correct and that your father should assess his life and reduce his risk factors for stroke because you're correct he's at risk for a stroke.

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