A population survey of symptoms suggestive of transient ischemic attacks

Janet Mules, Maureen Henderson, Lewis Kuller, Susan Tonascia, Earl Diamond, Abraham Lilienfeld

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A sample of the Baltimore population was interviewed in order to determine the frequency of symptoms suggestive of transient cerebral ischemic attacks. Respondents were interviewed in their homes. A history of ten symptoms which may have occurred within the past two years was elicited. Of the 6,830 individuals that were interviewed, 52% had no symptoms and approximately 10% had three or more symptoms. The frequency of symptoms did not increase substantially with advancing age between ages 45 to 74 or very markedly by sex and race. Individuals reporting a history of cardiovascular disease, stroke or diabetes had a substantially higher frequency of symptoms. Also the frequency of symptoms appeared to be higher in the less-educated groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-127
Number of pages14
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1971


  • Blindness
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cerebral infarction
  • Diplopia aphasia
  • Epidemiology
  • Hemiplegia
  • Vertigo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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