Transient Ischemic Attack (Mini-Stroke) (cont.)
Treatment of TIA is aimed at preventing a future stroke.
- Minimizing risk factors is a priority, including optimizing blood pressure, cholesterol and lipid levels, and controlling diabetes.
- Aspirin is the drug of choice to prevent future TIAs or stroke. Aspirin makes platelets less sticky and prevents clot formation.
- If the TIA occurs when the patient is already taking aspirin, then alternative anti-platelet drugs like clopidogrel bisulfate (Plavix) or aspirin-dipyridamole ER (Aggrenox) may be indicated.
- If the carotid ultrasound shows major narrowing of the artery (stenosis), referral to a vascular surgeon may be necessary to unclog the artery with a procedure known as carotid endarterectomy.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/2/2014
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