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    Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) - Exams and Tests

    Immediate evaluation is recommended if you have had or are having a transient ischemic attack (TIA). The purpose of evaluation is to:

    Your doctor will ask you about your medical history and do a physical exam.

    Tests to detect a TIA

    If a TIA is suspected, the doctor may want to do tests, such as a:

    • CT scan of the head, to check for damage to the brain and to look for other disease, such as a tumor.
    • MRI scan, to check for damage to the brain and to look for other disease, such as a tumor.

    Tests to find the cause of a TIA

    Further tests are often done to identify the cause of the TIA. If blockage of the carotid arteries is suspected, you may have tests such as:

    TIA symptoms may be due to blood clots caused by a heart problem. If heart problems are suspected, you may have tests such as a:

    You may have other blood tests, such as a complete blood count (CBC), chemistry screen, and prothrombin time (INR) based on your age and medical history. Your doctor will use these tests to look for other causes of the TIA.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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