Transient ischemic attack

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What is transient ischemic attack?

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is where a patient experiences stroke like symptoms for a short period of time, usually under 24 hours. It is usually caused by some kind of temporary disturbance of blood supply to some area of the brain and it can be considered a warning sign of a true stroke.

Common symptoms reported by people with transient ischemic attack

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with transient ischemic attack

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
6
Treatment name(s)

(Aggrenox)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Lipitor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Treatment name(s)

(Plavix)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Symmetrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)

Data from patients with transient ischemic attack, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with transient ischemic attack

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Perceived effectiveness
for transient ischemic attack (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Treatment name(s)

(Aggrenox)
Perceived effectiveness
for transient ischemic attack (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Lipitor)
Perceived effectiveness
for transient ischemic attack (2 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness
Total evaluations
2
Treatment name(s)

(Plavix)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
anger nausea 3 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Symmetrel)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive impairment kidney disease 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (5 evaluations)
Side effects
high blood pressure (hypertension) tachycardia (fast heart rate)
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
constant brain fog drowsy in a.m.
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with transient ischemic attack, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has transient ischemic attack on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 6
30s 26
40s 61
50s 121
60s 84
70+ 35
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1
20-29 years 19
30-39 years 29
40-49 years 52
50-59 years 39
60-69 years 9
70+ years 4

Sex

Distribution of sex

76% Female
24% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 187
Not Diagnosed 15

These charts show data from TIA patients who have completed their condition history
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