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

Transient ischemic attack (TIA), is 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


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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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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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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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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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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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