Have you had a stroke? How could you tell?
A stroke is a sudden stop of blood supply to part of the brain. Some people have strokes without ever knowing it. These so-called silent strokes either have no easy-to-recognize symptoms, or you don’t remember them. But they do cause permanent damage in your brain.
If you've had more than one silent stroke, you may have thinking and memory problems. They can also lead to more severe strokes.
If you've had a TIA, you may need further testing and treatment after you've been checked by your doctor. If you have a high risk of stroke, you may have to stay in the hospital for treatment.
Your treatment for a TIA may include taking medicines to prevent a stroke or having surgery to reopen narrow arteries.
Medicines may include aspirin,
clopidogrel, dipyridamole with aspirin, or warfarin.
carotid arteries are significantly narrowed, you may
need a procedure to widen the arteries. This may prevent another TIA or a stroke.
Preventing another TIA or stroke
Your treatment will also focus on
TIA or stroke. This may include:
Reducing high blood pressure, the most common risk factor for
stroke, by making changes to your diet and taking medicines that lower blood pressure.
Taking aspirin or another antiplatelet medicine to
prevent strokes. For more information, see Medications.
diabetes. Your doctor will advise that you try to keep
your blood sugar levels in a target range. To do this, you may
need to take oral medicines or insulin. Eating a healthy diet and getting
plenty of exercise will also help.
You may also need to make lifestyle changes such
as quitting smoking, eating heart-healthy foods, and being more active. For more information, see Prevention.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 09, 2014
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