WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — A transient ischemic attack, often called a mini-stroke, usually doesn’t last long or cause permanent damage. But it still needs medical attention, because it may be warning of a future stroke that can have dire consequences.
Research has shown women are less likely than men to be diagnosed with TIAs, and a study published Wednesday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke aimed to explore why.
“Unlike a heart attack, the diagnosis of TIA doesn’t depend on a biomarker or a diagnostic test where you can definitely say this occurred,” said lead author Sophia Gocan, a stroke prevention nurse specialist at The Ottawa Hospital in Canada. “So, it really relies on a stroke specialist’s expertise to say if this was a concerning event. That’s important because the specialist’s decision determines whether that patient is going to go on to have