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What are the risk factors of a transient ischemic attack (TIA)?

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  • Age. The odds of a TIA or stroke get much higher when you're over 55.
  • Family or personal history
  • Race. African-Americans, as well as people who belong to South Asian and Caribbean ethnic groups, have a higher chance.
  • Gender. Women have a greater risk, particularly if you're pregnant, or take birth control pills, or if you smoke.
  • Being overweight
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Sickle cell disease

From: What Is a TIA? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)," "Stroke Risks."

NHS: "Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)."

National Stroke Association: "What Is TIA?" "Women and Stroke."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 12, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)," "Stroke Risks."

NHS: "Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)."

National Stroke Association: "What Is TIA?" "Women and Stroke."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 12, 2017

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