Health Tip: Mini-Stroke Could Warn of Full-Blown
(HealthDay News) -- A so-called "mini-stroke," medically known
as a transient ischemic attack (TIA), triggers stroke-like symptoms
that last for less than a day -- usually for an hour or two.
Anyone who has had a TIA should consider it a medical emergency
and a warning sign of a potential full-blown stroke, the University
of Maryland Medical Center says.
Treatment of a TIA should include steps that may ward off an
actual stroke, the hospital says. It offers these suggestions:
- Take measures to control health problems that could trigger a
stroke, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or
- Ask your doctor if you should take blood-thinning drugs that
can help prevent clots.
- If you have a clog in a neck artery, recognize that you may
- Quit smoking.
- Change to a healthier diet, by cutting back on salt and
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