How do doctors treat mini-strokes?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Nina Solenski, Stroke Neurologist at the University of Virginia Health System, describes the different kinds of strokes including how doctors treat mini-strokes.

    Host:How do doctors treat mini-strokes?

    Dr. Nina Solenski: They treat mini-strokes first of all as a serious warning sign, again, of stroke. So they treat them by number one giving a drug which will keep that clot from forming on those abnormal blood vessels. One of the most powerful drugs that we have is known as an anti-platelet drug. There are many anti-platelet drugs. The most common one that we all know about because it's probably sitting on our medicine chests is Aspirin. Aspirin is one of the very most powerful drugs that we have to prevent strokes after a mini-stroke. There are other compounds known as -- for example Clopidogrel or Plavix or Aggrenox. These are two other drugs that also work in the same way and they are important if Aspirin isn't the right drug for you. So looking at a patient's blood pressures, looking at a patient's blood work to see if they have diabetes, looking at their heart and doing special tests to make sure that the heart is healthy and also looking at those blood vessels of the neck and in the brain to make sure that they are healthy. So there is - it triggers off a whole series of tests to find out why did you have the mini-stroke and that's the most important thing, is why did this happen and identifying that will lead to the right tailor treatment for an individual.