Research Finds Treatment Of 'Mini-Strokes' Lowers Risk For Major Stroke

New findings reported in the New England Journal of Medicine may cut the risk of a serious stroke in half. The data reflects that the sufferer of a mini stroke, referred to as transient ischemic attack or TIA, is at risk of a full on, potentially deadly stroke. A TIA can be as little as muscle weakness or slurred speech for only a few seconds, which is easy to ignore.

The study shows that based on the data from nearly five thousand patients part of a TIA registry that if a person who suffered a TIA gets immediate treatment their risk of the full stroke is diminished. When these TIAs are not aggressively treated the risk of a stroke after the TIA is 10 percent two days after the TIA and between 8 and 20 percent for the 30 to 90 day period after. When the TIA is treated those stroke risks fall to 1.5 percent chance at two days, 2.1 percent at 7 days and 3.7 percent at 90 days. The study also highlights the fact that patients were on top of taking the medications they were given.