Table 1

Patient characteristics of 93 patients suspected of TIA

CharacteristicsTotal
(n=93)
Mean age in years (SD)65.2 (13.4)
Male, n (%)55 (59.1)
Prior TIA/ischaemic stroke, n (%)23 (24.7)
Living situation, n (%)
 Alone25 (26.9)
 With a partner66 (71.0)
 In a nursing home2 (2.1)
Weekend onset of symptoms, n (%)31 (33.3)
Symptoms, n (%)*
 Motor32 (34.4)
 Sensory21 (22.6)
 Visual27 (29.0)
 Speech30 (32.3)
Median duration of neurological deficits in hours (25%–75% IQR)0.5 (0.1–2.4)
Diagnosis, n (%)†
 TIA or minor stroke43 (46.2)
 Probably TIA13 (14.0)
 Possibly TIA11 (11.8)
 No TIA (TIA mimic)26 (28.0)
  • *Patients may have experienced more than one symptom.

  • †In 11 patients, the definite diagnosis was made by a panel consisting of three of the authors.

  • TIA, transient ischaemic attack.