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,
lipid levels, and
- 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
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