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How can you reduce risk of a stroke after having a transient ischemic attack?

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Dr. Darren Gitelman
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Depends on cause: There are many risks for tia's and strokes. Some you cannot change such as age (>55), family history, and male gender. Other risks can be treated, for example, hypertension, cigarette smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, sedentary lifestyle, excess alcohol, etc. Speak with your doctor about risk reduction if you have some risks or you are concerned.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
TIA/Stroke: Risk of stroke after a TIA is greater. Quit smoking, control of diabetes, hypertension, and take Aspirin daily. If you have carotid artery stenosis that needs to be addressed as well.
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
I agree: Also i would add quit smoking, increased exercise, eating a mediterranean and fish based diet.
Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Need to see: Your doctor or neurologist. Need to be on Aspirin and or plavix (clopidogrel). Need to take a statin. Need BP and diabetes control. No smoking. See stroke.Org.
Dr. Khamid Bakhadirov
Neurology 18 years experience
Healthy lifestyle: General recommendation is to control blood pressure, cholesterol levels, glucose levels (if diabetic), adhere to a healthy diet (mediterranean is great!), quit smoking and be physically active (at least 30 minutes per day 3 times a week). Aspirin is commonly used as a first step unless there is an indication for a blood thinner.
Dr. Elden Rand
Cardiology 21 years experience
Many factors: Here is a list of factors to consider: blood pressure control cholesterol control cessation of smoking consider antiplatelet medications such as Aspirin or Plavix (clopidogrel) evaluation for other causes such as patent foramen ovale or atrial fibrillation. Healthy diet regular exercise.
Dr. Amy Levine
Radiology 23 years experience
Overall health: Think of a stroke as a heart attack in your brain. Both are cause by disease in vessels. Eat a heart healthy diet. Exercise. Your doctor may suggest a baby Aspirin each day; but that is a discussion to have with someone who knows your full health history.
Dr. Khamid Bakhadirov
Neurology 18 years experience
Healthy lifestyle: General recommendation is to control blood pressure, cholesterol levels, glucose levels (if diabetic), adhere to a healthy diet (mediterranean is great!), quit smoking and be physically active (at least 30 minutes per day 3 times a week). Aspirin is commonly used as a first step medication unless there is an indication for a blood thinner.

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