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J Saudi Heart Assoc. 2018 Oct;30(4):297-300. doi: 10.1016/j.jsha.2018.06.002. Epub 2018 Jun 12.

Transient global amnesia: Minor inconvenience or early warning sign?

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Department of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Elmhurst), New York, USAaUSA.


Transient global amnesia (TGA) is a clinical diagnosis and is often a diagnosis of exclusion. However, despite the benign nature of this condition, it has been associated with underlying life-threatening medical conditions (e.g., myocardial infarction, dissecting aortic aneurysm, arrhythmias). Our case report highlights the importance of early recognition of those with cardiovascular risk factors who present with acute onset altered mental status to look for underlying medical comorbidities.


Myocardial infarction; Sympathetic surge; Transient global amnesia

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