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How can you distinguish transient ischemic attack from a CVA? 

A warning

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A TIA, change in function of a part of the body due to loss of blood supply in the brain lasting less than a day, is a warning of more serious problems that might arise in the near future. You should quickly visit your doctor or a neurologist, discuss the symptoms and then a decision can be made about study of the source of the TIA and proper therapy.
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Dr. Elden Rand answered:

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

Many factors

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Here is a list of factors to consider: Blood pressure control Cholesterol control Cessation of smoking Consider antiplatelet medications such as aspirin or plavix Evaluation for other causes such as patent foramen ovale or atrial fibrillation. Healthy diet Regular Exercise
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Is a transient ischemic attack considered the same thing as an acute stroke?

Possibly

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A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is caused by the transient blockage of a blood vessel in the brain, which causes symptoms (weakness, numbness, changes in vision, difficulty speaking, etc.) because the nerve cells aren't working when the blood vessel is blocked. If the blockage is brief (< 1 hour) there may be no damage. If the blockage lasts longer, damage (a stroke) may occur.
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Dr. Michael Korona answered:

What can you do to reduce risk of a stroke after a transient ischemic attack?

Need to see

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your doctor or neurologist. Need to be on aspirin and or plavix. Need to take a statin. Need BP and diabetes control. No smoking. See stroke.org
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Dr. Brian Kaufman answered:

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

I agree

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Also I would add quit smoking, increased exercise, eating a Mediterranean and fish based diet.
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Dr. Troy Reyna answered:

Hoping you can tell me, is transient ischemic attack considered an acute stroke?

Yes

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but is has no permanent sequelae. it can be a harbinger or worse tias or strokes to come. get checked for carotid disease or cardiac defects such as pfo.
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Why is it that more men die from a stroke than women?

That's not clear

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Stroke certainly can be life threatening, especially if intracranial hemorrhage is associated, (60% mortality by one year). Men may have more complicated risk factors, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, high triglycerides, elevated homocysteine, smoking, alcohol abuse, but we surely are seeing many women with similar risk factors.
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What are the symptoms for a transient ischemic attack?

Mini stroke.

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Sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement in your face, arm, or leg, especially on only one side of your body. Sudden vision changes. Sudden trouble speaking.Sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements.Sudden problems with walking or balance.A sudden, severe headache that is different from past headaches. If symptoms last longer than an hour, could be stroke.
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Dr. Bennett Werner answered:

How can I recognize symptoms of transient ischemic attack (TIA)?

Can be subtle

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It's best to discuss your exact symptoms in person with your doctor. TIAs are focal neurologic deficits that last <24 hours. Typical examples are a visual field cut (like "a curtain cutting across your vision"), inabilty to talk or understand words, weakness in the hand, arm, foot, or leg - but a TIA can be subtle and hard to recognize too.
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Dr. Sumit Kalra answered:

Can symptoms of a transient ischemic attack last more than 18-24 hours?

Rarely yes

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Not usually.. But rarely yes
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