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Multiple TIA's and Probabily of Marjor Stroke?
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markarmand posted:
I have just had a serious TIA event resulting in a monetary black and collapse, and loss of use of all my limbs for 45 minutes. I understand that a TIA increases the probability of a major stroke but does having a history of several increase the probability? MarkArmand
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Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
There is no question that a TIA increases the risk of having a stroke, particularly in the first 90 days following the TIA. It is very important that you undergo a comprehensive evaluation for the cause of the TIA and hopefully the source can de identified. Most stroke survivors are not fortunate enough to have the warning of TIA. You need to take advantage of this warning and make sure you have an appropriate workup. You probably have been placed on an anti-platelet medication to prevent a stroke, but if not, ask your doctor about these medications ( Aspirin, Clopidogrel, Aggrenox). It is important that you manage all the "lifestyle" factors that you can: diet, exercise, diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea etc.

Here is the link to an excellent review of TIA on WebMD.

Good Luck
After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.


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