Mini-Stroke Linked to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

October 2, 2014 8:25 PM

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A transient ischemic attack (TIA), which is often referred to as a mini-stroke, is characterized by stroke symptoms that typically last for about five minutes. Generally, TIAs do not lead to permanent brain damage. However, according to a new study, people who suffered from a TIA are at risk of developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

"We found one in three TIA patients develop PTSD," said Kathrin Utz, Ph.D., a study author and post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Neurology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. "PTSD, which is perhaps better known as a problem found in survivors of war zones and natural dis...

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