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What's the best way to prevent tias?

What's the best way to prevent tias?

Address risk factors: The risk factors for tia, stroke, heart disease, vascular disease are the same. Lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, treating diabetes, increased cardiovascular exercise. Also, eating a more mediterranean based diet and fish can also lower your risk. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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What is a series of "tias" and why might they kill my aunt!?

What is a series of "tias" and why might they kill my aunt!?

TIA: Some one can have series of TIA but still can survive. The definition of TIA is symptoms last less than 24 hours and will have full tecovery. ...Read more

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Should someone in his late 80s (with history of tias) have his carotids checked?

Should someone in his late 80s (with history of tias) have his carotids checked?

Absolutely: Someone who is having tias should most definitely have their carotids checked since the carotid arteries are the number one source for embolic strokes. In "symptomatic" patients, such as someone who is having tias, a carotid blockage of 50% or more warrants intervention. ...Read more

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Are strokes or tias caused by vasospasms?

Are strokes or tias caused by vasospasms?

Rare but possible: Vasospasm in the brain occurs when blood and its breakdown products are present in the spinal fluid around blood vessels. The most common reason is rupture of brain aneurysm, but there are other conditions. Vasospasm causes the larger vessels (arteries, arterioles) to clamp down or contrict, thus reducing blood flow. This can cause strokes or tias. ...Read more

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Is it bad if you have blackouts? Are those tias or strokes?

Is it bad if you have blackouts? Are those tias or strokes?

Do NOT ignore: Could be due to blood pressure drop, possibly secondary to a primary cardiac arrhythmia, epileptic seizures, medication reactions, anemias, thyroid problems, and of course tia's and strokes. See your doctor and get this handled! ...Read more

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I heard oranges are good for people at risk for strokes. Are they good for tias too?

I heard oranges are good for people at risk for strokes. Are they good for tias too?

I suppose so: Strokes and tias are, at their underlying cause, basically the same thing. Both involve clots impairing blood flow to brain cells. Tias are just when the clot fortunately dissolves in enough time such that no permanent damage has occurred. Oranges are in general probably good and better than foods with high salt, fat, sugar or cholesterol content. ...Read more

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Are auras without migrains serious or brain tumors or tias?

Are auras without migrains serious or brain tumors or tias?

A few caveats: Migraine auras are not indicative of TIA's or stroke risk, usually, BUT if a female smokes and takes oral contraceptives, the risk of stroke increases modestly. There is absolutely NO link to brain tumors. ...Read more

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How do you prevent strokes in someone who is having TIAs but is very active outdoors?

How do you prevent strokes in someone who is having TIAs but is very active outdoors?

Stroke prevention: Optimal stroke prevention depends on minimizing risk factors, whether a person is outdoors or not. If there is no carotid artery disease, then risk factor modification includes keeping a healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, no smoking, and taking special medication if there is a heart rhythm irregularity called atrial fibrillation. ...Read more

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What can be done for stroke prevention for someone who is having tias but is very active outdoors?

What can be done for stroke prevention for someone who is having tias but is very active outdoors?

TIA: Not enough information to even begin...
First things first:
overweight? High blood pressure? Smoking? High cholesterol?
Yourself?
Active outdoors doesn't help... If you have high blood pressure and be "active" may actually endanger you (if you have high blood pressure it goes up even higher during exercise). ...Read more

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If a lesion is a scar from a past stroke 6 months to a year ago and foci resolves and appears in new locations would foci likely be from tias?

If a lesion is a scar from a past stroke 6 months to a year ago and foci resolves and appears in new locations would foci likely be from tias?

Scar: Scar if you ment in mri, does not go away.
If you do not see it in new mri, it is because it is very small and it might be between MRI "slices."
the new foci in your age, would be very unusual to be due to TIA if you do not have risk factors such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
A neurologist can work with you to make sure you are not suffering from multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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I have chiari, &i haven't been feeling well. Admitted last week 3 prev. Tias the back of my head in tingling. I had surg 3 yrs ago. Should I be worried?

I have chiari, &i haven't been feeling well. Admitted last week 3 prev. Tias the back of my head in tingling. I had surg 3 yrs ago. Should I be worried?

Need evaluation: You are describing symptoms that are not typical of chiari malformations, before or after surgery. You have adrenal insufficiency, which can cause fatigue, nausea, GI symptoms.

Check with your doctor to see if your symptoms are more consistent with adrenal insufficiency. If necessary, brain MRI can rule out abnormalities in the brain after chiari surgery. ...Read more

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I'm having a lot of trouble talking today. 90 and history of tias. What's wrong with me?

I'm having a lot of trouble talking today. 90 and history of tias. What's wrong with me?

90 with tia and spee: If you are ninety and with history of tia, you should consult your neurologist or family doctor asap, or go to er, as you may be having a stroke. ...Read more

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My 75 yr.-old mother has had multiple TIAs. Could this be causing her to be abnormally hot all of the time?

My 75 yr.-old mother has had multiple TIAs. Could this be causing her to be abnormally hot all of the time?

Probably not.: This is not a common symptom of stroke/TIA. There are some other medical problems that can cause increased basal body temperature or sensation of increased body temperature. Her physician should be able to diagnose these with some simple lab tests. Common things being common, it is important to make sure she is not having fever or simply making herself too warm with clothes or a heater. ...Read more

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My mother has had tias. He has lost the sight in his eyes temprorarily. What should we do?

My mother has had tias. He has lost the sight in his eyes temprorarily. What should we do?

Time heals...: Unfortunately, there is no treatment when vision is damaged by tia's or strokes. Sometimes vision can improve over the course of 6-12 months after the stroke. See an eye doctor to make sure that this is the only cause of the problem. ...Read more

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Wht are the symptoms of narrowing arteries in the brain, or tias? I have a angiogram coming up next month.

Wht are the symptoms of narrowing arteries in the brain, or tias? I have a angiogram coming up next month.

Mini-Strokes: Tia's or transient ischemic attacks are stoke-like symptoms which resolve within 24hrs. Temporary unilateral visual loss described as a curtain coming down (amaurosis fugax), temporary difficulty with speech, unilateral facial drooping, or weakness are common mini-stroke or TIA like symptoms. ...Read more

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Can tias over time be caused by temporary or partial occlusion of vertebral or carotid arteries and cause foci or lesions?

Yes: Tia's are short-lived, about 20-30- minutes and usually fully reverse. If not, it is a stroke with tissue damage, and then can be seen on an mri. The event heralds risk, and preventative treatment with an antiplatelet drug should be started. An embolism from say the heart or aorta, may need anti-coagulation. The greatest future risk of TIA is a stroke within one year. ...Read more

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Is this aphasia or something else if all of a sudden a senior with prior tias can remember basic words and has really high bp?

Could be: This may represent a new stroke or tia. Anyone with a history of prior TIA or stroke who has a sudden onset of speech difficulty should be evaluated quickly to rule out an acute stroke. ...Read more

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Dr. James Wilentz
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Transient Ischemic Attack (Mini Stroke) (Definition)

A condition where a blood vessel in the brain is temporarily blocked by a blood clot, causing neurologic symptoms, such as weakness in an arm or leg, or sensory changes. The symptoms are similar to a stroke, but are temporary, disappearing within minutes after the clot breaks apart. ...Read more