TIA management-Speed and expertise are key.

  • Giles M
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Abstract

Stroke affects approximately 15 million people worldwide yearly and causes considerable morbidity and mortality. Rates are likely to rise in developed and developing countries because of population ageing and the increasing prevalence of atherosclerosis. Because transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) precede approximately one quarter of strokes, treatment of TIA offers one approach to stroke prevention. Research into the treatment of TIA has developed rapidly over the last 10 years. In this issue, an article presents results from an observational study of the 1 year outcomes of 306 consecutive TIA patients treated by a specialist acute TIA team (AIT) in a university hospital in Aarhus, Denmark. TIA treatment research has appropriately focused on stroke prevention in the acute phase, but this overlooks two further aspects of TIA services, namely the management of TIA mimics and longer-term outcomes. Early and accurate diagnosis of mimics referred to TIA services undoubtedly leads to improved management for other potentially serious conditions, such as brain tumors and epilepsy, but further data are required to evaluate cost effectiveness. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

Author-supplied keywords

  • *Cerebrovascular Accidents
  • *Disease Management
  • *Experience Level
  • *Ischemia
  • *Prevention
  • Morbidity

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  • M F Giles

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