Mini-Strokes Can Double Your Heart Attack Risk

Study shows that transient ischemic attacks not only raise your risk of stroke, but put you in jeopardy of other cardiac events.

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You know that a "mini stroke" is the warning sign that a larger stroke is imminent. Now a new study finds that mini strokes, which are formally known as transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), are also precursors to heart attacks. The study, published in the March issue of Stroke: The Journal of the American Heart Association, found that a TIA actually doubles a patients risk of heart attack. "TIAs and heart attacks are linked by inflammation, so it makes perfect sense to me," says J. Javier Provencio, MD, a neuro intensivist and associate director of the Bakken Heart Brain Institute Cleveland Clinic.
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