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Health Tip: Mini-Stroke Could Warn of Full-Blown Episode

Health Tip: Mini-Stroke Could Warn of Full-Blown Episode


(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 blood disorders.
  • 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 need surgery.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Change to a healthier diet, by cutting back on salt and fat.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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