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Brief disorientation while coming round can occur in syncope. • Syncope while sitting is common in older people, especially after meals. Slumping to one side occurs when muscle tone is lost and does not necessarily indicate a transient ischaemic attack. • ‘I must have tripped’ is a common statement made by older people with syncope, who have retrograde amnesia for the event. About one-third of patients who lose consciousness during carotid sinus massage deny they have done so immediately afterwards.
Dietary advice is also important and includes salt restriction, five portions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day, oily fish once a week, low saturated fat diet, and moderate alcohol consumption, as well as increased physical exercise and weight reduction if necessary. Carotid revascularisation There is good evidence that carotid endarterectomy reduces stroke risk in patients with a recent carotid territory TIA or non-disabling stroke, if they are fit and willing for surgery. The benefit of surgery is greater if done early and when there is a higher degree of stenosis.
Although this treatment leads to a reduction in venous thromboembolism and fewer recurrent ischaemic strokes, there is an increase in symptomatic intracerebral haemorrhage, with no net benefit in reducing recurrent stroke. The convention is to wait about 14 days after the event before starting anticoagulation. 8). 0). Any decision to recommend oral anticoagulation should take into account the risks (major bleeding complications) and benefits (stroke reduction). Oral anticoagulation is not more effective than antiplatelet therapy for patients in sinus rhythm.