Warning signs often occur hours or days before a stroke

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:556
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Nearly one in eight patients who have an ischaemic stroke have a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) at some point in the previous seven days, according to a study published this week, indicating the need to treat TIA as a medical emergency to improve the prevention of subsequent stroke.

The study, which looked at data on 2416 patients who presented with a recent ischaemic stroke, showed that 549 (23%) had a …

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