Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) (cont.)
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Exams and Tests
Immediate evaluation is recommended if you have had or are having a transient ischemic attack (TIA). The purpose of evaluation is to:
If your TIA symptoms have completely disappeared, the results of a physical exam will be normal, and the diagnosis of a TIA usually will be based on your medical history and certain tests.
Tests to detect a TIA
If a TIA is suspected, the doctor may want to do tests, such as a:
Tests to find the cause of a TIA
Further tests are often done to identify the cause of the TIA. If blockage of the carotid arteries is suspected, you may have tests such as:
TIA symptoms may be due to blood clots caused by a heart problem. If heart problems are suspected, you may have tests such as a:
You may have other blood tests, such as a complete blood count (CBC), chemistry screen, and prothrombin time based on your age and medical history. Your doctor will use these tests to look for other causes of the TIA.
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