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What is a Mini stroke and what causes them?

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What is a Mini stroke and what causes them?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Frank replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Ministrokes can be embolic, as from a small blood clot that transiently closes a small blood vessel, then breaks up, or goes away. Or Thrombotic, from a large blood vessels like the carotid artery, that is 99% closed up with a cholesterol plaque, or from closure of microvessels (capillaries) deep in the brain, that then again open up. So Ministrokes are called TIA's, transient ischemic attacks, and they should last less than 4 to 5 minutes. They are seen in patients with diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking history, or family history of stroke (certain genes can make you vulnerable to stroke). Are you on blood thinners like aspirin and/or Plavix, or coumadin? Get back to me to discuss this further if I can help Dr Frank