Many Strokes Preceded by a "Warning"

Contributed by: Dennis Fortier, President, Medical Care Corporation

According to a recent publication in Neurology, about one in eight strokes is preceded by a transient ischemic attack, known as a TIA, which is very mild stroke that usually produces only subtle and short lasting symptoms. The research suggests that noting and reacting to this warning can reduce the likelihood of a more serious stroke later.

Th importance of this study is highlighted by the fact that up to 80% of strokes that follow a TIA might be preventable with intensive management of risk factors. Risk factors that should be managed include hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, and obesity. Also important is expert evaluation (and intervention if necessary) following any symptoms of stroke, even mild symptoms from a TIA.

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