Video: Can mini-strokes be harmful?

Video: Can mini-strokes be harmful?

New research shows that mini-strokes pose serious risk. Dr. William Likosky, Medical Director of Stroke and Telestroke at Swedish Cherry Hill was featured in an online video about the potentially serious damage resulting from TIAs, also known as "mini-strokes."

Minor strokes are often considered too mild to treat, but new research suggests the damage from these strokes may emerge over time, staying hidden for weeks or months. Doctors at Foothills Medical Center in Calgary studied almost 500 patients who had minor strokes and found that 15 percent showed disability within three months.

The patient featured in the video above was lucky. Her doctors treated her mini stroke aggressively with the clot-busting drug tPA. Thanks to treatment, she should be able to pick up her life right where she left off.

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