Medical News and Perspectives
March 23/30, 2005

TIA Time Bombs Remain Undertreated

JAMA. 2005;293(12):1435. doi:10.1001/jama.293.12.1435

For many patients and their physicians, a transient ischemic attack (TIA) is an opportunity lost.

Too often, patients do not seek medical care after experiencing a passing numbness in the arm, blurred vision, or a moment of slurred speech. And for those who do present following such symptoms, physicians too often underestimate their near-future risk of a stroke or cardiovascular event and undertreat them, according to new research reported in February at the International Stroke Conference of the American Stroke Association, in New Orleans.

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