Immediate evaluation is recommended
if you have had or are having a
transient ischemic attack (TIA). The purpose of
evaluation is to:
- Check for another cause of your symptoms, such
stroke, low blood sugar (if you have diabetes), or
- Look for a blood
- Determine whether you need surgery to reopen a blocked artery
- Determine whether you need medicines to
prevent blood clots.
If your TIA symptoms have completely disappeared, the
results of a
physical exam will be normal, and the diagnosis of a
TIA usually will be based on your
medical history and certain tests.
TIA is suspected, the doctor may want to do tests, such as a:
- CT scan of the head, to check for bleeding in the brain when symptoms of a TIA are
occurring and to check for evidence of a stroke or other disease, such as a
- MRI scan, to check for damage to the
brain from a stroke.
Further tests are often done to identify the underlying
cause of the TIA. If blockage of the
carotid arteries is suspected, you may have tests such
TIA symptoms may be due to blood clots caused by a heart
problem. If heart problems are suspected, you may have tests such as a:
You may have other blood tests, such as a
complete blood count (CBC), based on your age and
medical history. Your doctor will use these tests to look for other causes of
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