Older persons sometimes experience warning stroke

Seniors who enjoy active living should know that recently published research claims a percentage of every stroke that occurs is preceded by transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as a warning stroke.

Dr. Daniel Hackam of the University of Western Ontario says the results of the research prove how valuable risk assessment tools can be in preventing strokes.

Older persons sometimes experience warning stroke The study upon which the research was based included 16,400 people who had experienced a stroke at an Ontarian hospital. Of these patients, 2,032 had a TIA before their stroke.

"It's possible that the blood vessels of those with warning strokes were preconditioned to the lack of blood flow, which protected them from the full result of the larger stroke," said the doctor. "Any person who experiences even a minor stroke should get to the emergency room immediately."

People who didn't have a TIA were reportedly more likely to have a serious stroke than those who did. Additionally, more of the patients who had no TIA died at this particular hospital than of those who had a warning stroke.

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