Heart Beat: ABCD predicts the future for mini-strokes

Heart Beat

ABCD predicts the future for mini-strokes

Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are mini-strokes that fade away on their own and appear to cause no lasting damage. Appearances can be deceiving — many people go on to have a full-blown stroke within a week or so.

Is everyone who has a TIA in danger of a looming stroke? That's what a University of Oxford stroke team wanted to know. They created a simple ABCD scale for mini-stroke victims. It assigns points in four different categories:

Age: 1 point for being 60 years or older;

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