Half of TIA patients die within nine years

The study involving over 20,000 NSW patients is the first to quantify the long-term effect of a TIA warranting hospitalisation on subsequent survival.

Nine years after a TIA, patients were 20% more likely to die than people in the general population of the same age and sex, according to the study published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

 “It is time to re-examine the intensity of secondary prevention that we provide even in people with a distant history of TIA,” said researcher Conjoint Associate Professor John Worthington, from the University of
New South Wales, in a media statement.

“The brief stroke-like symptoms of TIA are a warning of poor outcomes and opportunity for doctors and patients to intervene before a more deadly event,” he said.

The research found that 10% of patients with a TIA admitted to hospital die within one year, >30% die within five years, and