Self Diagnosing a Mini Stroke


Q: If I believe I have had a T.I.A. (mini stroke) after doing my own research, what should I do until I get into the doctor? I had went to the ER when these problems started and had blood work and a CT done. All were normal. Should I start taking aspirin?


A:   A T.I.A. is an abbreviation for transient ischemic attack or as you pointed out, a mini stroke.
The significance of a T.I.A. is that it indicates you have vascular disease and puts you at risk for further vascular events.  Patients with a history of hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes, hypercoaguability and cancer are at increased risk of a T.I.A. It is not uncommon to experience a T.I.A. as one of the first symptoms of the previously mentioned diseases.
You do not mention the symptoms you experienced so I am not able to provide you an opinion but I can say that it is never a good idea to self diagnose or self manage new symtoms.  Please see your doctor immediately.

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