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.

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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