Background Transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs) can be challenging to
diagnose, but early assessment and effective management
can reduce the subsequent risk of stroke.
Objective This article reviews the assessment and management of
TIAs for general practitioners.
Discussion Transient ischaemic attacks can be a trap for the
unwary, with difficulty in making a diagnosis and varied
assessment and management pathways. There is a
significant risk of subsequent stroke. Early assessment and
initiation of treatment, which can take place in the general
practice setting, could lower the risk of stroke. Liaising
with regional stroke care centres is required to establish an
optimal pathway of care.
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