Silent and Deadly

The number of dangerous ministrokes is rising. Here's how you can protect yourself

This past week researchers from around the world gathered for the American Stroke Association's 25th International Stroke Conference in New Orleans to discuss better ways of dealing with strokes. The news out of the meeting was not good. According to a new study, the number of strokes--having declined in the 1960s and '70s--is unexpectedly rising again. In 1999 alone there were 750,000 full-fledged strokes in the U.S. and half a million transient ischemic attacks (TIAS), or ministrokes. Although both numbers have doctors worried, the conference paid particular attention to the ministrokes because of both the stealth of their damage and the...

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