Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
A transient ischemic attack is most likely caused by a reversible embolism and presents as neurological deficit. TIA can progress to stroke so they act as a warning symptom of something worse to come and the need to identify the root cause. The risk of a TIA increases if there is underlying atherosclerosis or hypertension.
Transient Ischemic Attack
|Causes||Alcohol, Smoking, Lack of activity|
|See Also||Cardiovascular Conditions, Hypertension, Atherosclerosis, Polycythemia, Diabetes|
|Books||Books on Cardiovascular Conditions|
|Articles||Articles on Cardiovascular Conditions|
In order to stimulate the innate ability of the body to heal the causes of disease must be identified and addressed. With TIAs the factors are similar to those implicated in atherosclerosis. It is important to rule out other associated conditions such as a seizure, neoplasm, migraine, Meniere’s disease, vertigo, or hyperinsulinemia.
- A doctor will perform a detailed neurological exam.
- TEE (Transesophageal echocardiography) for cardiac sources of embolism.
- CT or MRI scans.
Related Symptoms and Conditions
TIAs are associated with other conditions such as:
- Previous TIA increases risk for repeat attack.
- Plaques involving carotid or vertebral arteries predispose one to a TIA.
The symptoms of a TIA vary, but may include:
The goal of naturopathic treatment is to support and work in tandem with the healing power of the body and to address the causal factors of disease with individual treatment strategies. The goal of naturopathic medicine is to prevent a transient ischemic attack. The treatment strategies are similar to those of atherosclerosis and hypertension, the two most common cardiovascular conditions. Only those treatments that are specific to a TIA are included on this page. For more detail check out atherosclerosis and hypertension.
It is always advisable to work with a naturopathic doctor before engaging in any treatment plan.
Reviewed by Iva Lloyd, BScH, RPE, ND 
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