What is the benefit of appropriate risk stratification for transient ischemic attack (TIA)?

Updated: Dec 03, 2018
  • Author: Ashish Nanda, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew K Chang, MD, MS  more...
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Some patients present to the emergency department (ED) with a transient neurologic disturbance that does not represent a true TIA, and distinguishing between such disturbances and TIAs can be difficult for the busy practitioner. In addition, an emergency comprehensive workup of all patients with “possible TIA” may not be the most cost-effective or appropriate use of limited local resources. Appropriate risk stratification must be employed to ensure that diagnostic and therapeutic interventions are targeted to the highest-risk patients.


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