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Mini stroke; TIA; Little stroke
The goal is to prevent a stroke from occurring.
If you have had a TIA within the last 48 hours, you will likely be admitted to the hospital so that doctors can determine the cause and treatment.
Underlying disorders such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and blood disorders, should be treated appropriately.
Blood thinners, such as aspirin, may be prescribed to reduce blood clotting. Others include dipyridamole, clopidogrel, Aggrenox or heparin, Coumadin, or other similar medications. You may be treated for an indefinite time period.
Surgery ( carotid endarterectomy ) may be appropriate for some people who have clogged neck arteries.
If you smoke, you should stop.
Your health care provider may recommend a low-fat, low-salt diet. Other dietary changes may be recommended.
TIAs do not cause lasting damage to the brain.
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