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St. David's HealthCare Launches The TIA Center for Stroke Prevention at St. David's Medical Center
Date:10/27/2008

Designed to Reduce the Risk of a Subsequent Stroke

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- St. David's HealthCare today announced the launch of The TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) Center for Stroke Prevention at St. David's Medical Center -- the first of its kind in Central Texas -- in an effort to reduce the significant risk of a subsequent stroke after TIA.

A TIA is a "warning stroke" or "mini stroke" that produces stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage. Recognizing and treating TIAs can reduce a patient's risk of a major stroke.

"We've developed a timely and seamless clinical protocol to manage Transient Ischemic Attacks, to promote patient education and, ultimately, to prevent a subsequent full-blown stroke," Kent Ellington, M.D., medical director for St. David's Medical Center's Stroke Program, said. "Recent studies show an 18 to 25 percent incidence of stroke following a TIA, with half of the strokes occurring within the first 48 hours; this clearly illustrates the need to identify the patient's risk factors, monitor them and educate them on healthy lifestyle changes ahead of time."

TIAs occur when a blood clot temporarily clogs an artery, and as a result, part of the brain does not get the blood it needs. The symptoms occur rapidly and last a relatively short time, usually less than five minutes. Unlike a stroke, when a TIA is over, there is no permanent injury to the brain, with symptoms dissipating quickly.

The TIA Center for Stroke Prevention at St. David's Medical Center, housed within the existing facility, will offer a new approach to assessing and treating patients suffering from a TIA. When a patient visits the emergency room with symptoms of TIA, they will immediately be scored to determine stroke risk. A TIA protocol will be initiated with a standardized, cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment pathway completed within a short period of time. Fifty to 70 percent of patients with TIA will remain in
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