Preventing stroke in patients with transient ischemic attacks

Melody Ryan, Greta Combs, Laroy P. Penix

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Stroke is the third most common overall cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. New therapeutic interventions instituted in the period immediately after a stroke have revolutionized the approach to ischemic cerebrovascular disease. Recognition of a transient ischemic attack provides an opportunity to prevent a subsequent stroke. Specific stroke prevention treatment depends on the cause of the transient ischemic attack, its cerebrovascular localization and the presence of associated coexisting medical problems. Modification of stroke risk factors is the principal therapeutic approach. Antiplatelet agents and anticoagulants have been shown to be effective in reducing the occurrence of stroke in certain populations. Several well-designed studies have recently demonstrated the effectiveness of carotid endarterectomy in preventing strokes related to extracranial carotid artery disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2329-2341
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Family Physician
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 15 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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