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      Re: Re: Re: bright spots

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Posted by CCF Neuro MD *!* on December 11, 1997 at 15:54:30:

In Reply to: Re: Re: bright spots posted by sed on December 09, 1997 at 22:19:19:

: The MRI done previous to the one mentioned above showed many spots
  from the numerous TIA/strokes.  Can these spots heal or dissappear
   in time? (2 years) I have been on ticlid,lovenox,aspirin, cardura,
  and cardizem. Thanks for you quick reply. sed
The bright spots seen on the MRI are merely the scars from previous
damage ,sustained in previous mini strokes.They may become less
obvious with time but the areas of damage remains as nerve cells have died
in the area and nerve cells do not regrow.
So there will be no healing in the sense that the nerve cells will grow
back, but the damage may become slightly less obviuos on the MRI
with the passage of time.
It is important at this stage to focus, not so much on the little scars
on the brain from old TIA's (which we can do nothing about)
as to concentrate on diet, lifestyle changes and medication which will
make future episodes less likely to occurr.
The medications you mention all have uses in reducing blood pressure or
decreasing the tendancy of the blood to form clots, the strategies are
proven to reduce the incidence of Strokes.

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