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Transient ischemic attack (TIA) is an episode of focal brain dysfunction that is temporary (<24 hrs.) and is due to a dysfunction of an arterial territory of the brain. Its most common symptoms include facial droop, arm weakness, and speech difficulty. An estimated 200,000 to 500,000 people per year experience a TIA in the U.S. After having TIA, 1/3 of them will have a stroke within a year. About 25% of people will die within a year after a TIA. While research for secondary prevention of stroke is clear for pharmacological and surgical interventions, there is limited research on non-pharmacological interventions. The purpose of this case report was to describe the immediate home health physical therapy (PT) management of an elderly community-dwelling patient following a TIA.
Stephens, Kendra, "Home Health Physical Therapy For A 90-Year-Old Patient Following Transient Ischemic Attack: A Case Report" (2019). Case Report Posters. Poster 179.