Cognitive Impairment following Transient Ischemic Attack and Minor Stroke

  • Author / Creator
    Sivakumar, Leka
  • Background: Ischemic stroke is associated with cognitive impairment, but the acute cognitive sequelae of transient ischemic attack (TIA) and minor stroke is unknown. We hypothesized that transient cognitive impairment can be predicted by diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) lesion volume. Methods: TIA/minor stroke patients (NIH Stroke Scale ≤ 3) underwent Montreal Cognitive Assessment, Mini-Mental Status Examination and MRI at baseline, days 7 and 30. Results: One hundred patients were included. MoCA detected cognitive impairment in 54% of patients at baseline. Recall deficits resolved, while deficits in language were persistent. WMH volumes were inversely predictive of MoCA scores after 30 days (β=-0.519, p<0.0001). Patients with persisting deficits were more likely to have frontal cortical lesions (86%, p=0.038) and higher WMH volumes (9.56mL, p=0.04). Conclusions: TIA/minor stroke patients have evidence of temporary acute cognitive impairment. Deficits are correlated with chronic WMH load. Temporary cognitive deficits should be considered in the management of TIA/minor stroke.

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    Fall 2013
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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Beaulieau, Christian (Biomedical Engineering)
    • Jeerakathil, Thomas (Neurology)
    • Camicioli, Richard (Neurology)