Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Health & Personal Care  > Medical Specialties & Departments > Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Treatment

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Treatment Cost


How Much Does Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Treatment Cost?

 
low costMedication: $1-$264 a Monthaverage costEmergency Room Visit: $150-$3,000+high costMRI: $1,000-$5,000+
post Post    

A transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes referred to as a mini-stroke, occurs when the blood flow to part of the brain is blocked for a short period of time. It lasts only a few minutes and does not cause permanent damage. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, because it is hard to tell whether symptoms are from TIA or an acute stroke, patients should assume that all stroke-like symptoms signal an emergency and seek immediate medical attention.

Typical costs:

  • Because TIA requires immediate evaluation, a patient experiencing it will typically need to be taken to the emergency room at the first sign of symptoms[1] or be transported there by ambulance.
  • For patients without health insurance, an emergency room visit typically costs $150-$3,000 or more, depending on the severity of the condition and what diagnostic tests and treatment are performed. For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket cost for an emergency room visit typically consists of a copay, usually $50 -$150 or more, which often is waived if the patient is admitted to the hospital. Depending on the plan, costs might include coinsurance of 10%-50%.
  • Treatment for TIA centers on pinpointing the cause and decreasing the likelihood of an acute stroke. Doctors will typically administer antiplatelet drugs[2] which include the drug clopidogrel (Plavix)[3] . According to Consumer Reports[4] , these drugs range in cost from $1 - $264 or more per month depending on the drug and whether a brand or generic is selected. Plavix typically costs $254 for one 75-mg pill per day.
Related articles: Ambulance, Emergency Room Visit, CT Scan, Heart Stent, MRI, Blood Tests

What should be included:
  • To determine possible causes of symptoms and develop a full stroke-prevention plan, a patient will likely undergo tests[5] , including a physical exam, blood tests ($8-$150), a CT scan ($50-$1,000), or an MRI ($1,000-$5,000 or more), among other things.
Additional costs:
  • If a TIA is caused by a blockage in the carotid artery--the main artery located in the neck--a doctor may recommend a carotid endarterectomy[6] , a preventive procedure that clears fatty deposits from carotid arteries. Researchers[7] have found that the procedure typically ranges in cost from $9,500 -$11,500.
  • In addition to lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, and medications to prevent blood from clotting, a doctor may recommend that, as a preventive measure, a patient undergo treatment with angioplasty and stents, which are typically $11,000 -$41,000 or more, depending on the type of stent and length of hospital stay.
Discounts:
  • Discount outlets such as Costco[8] and Walmart[9] often sell prescription and over-the-counter drugs at significant savings. Walmart, for example, has a prescription drug program[10] that includes certain generic drugs at commonly prescribed dosages.
  • Many hospitals offer discounts of 30% of more to uninsured/cash-paying patients. At St. Joseph Hospital[11] in Orange, CA, for example, patients without health insurance may qualify for a 45% discount off billed charges. They'll also be offered an additional 10% discount if payment is made within 10 days of receiving a bill.
Shopping for transient ischemic attack (tia) treatment:
  • The National Stroke Association offers tools and resources[12] regarding TIA and preventing stroke.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides a hospital comparison tool[13] that lists hospitals near a chosen zip code, how far away they are and whether they offer emergency service.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
post Post    
CostHelper News


10 Quick and Inexpensive Home Makeover Projects To Do While At Home
You may not be able to host the large family gathering for the holidays, but there are still many ways to pick up items curbside to spruce up your indoor space for your everyday enjoyment and to bring a more festive spirit. || Posted December 30 2020


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Treatment
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Treatment: Medical Center: 
Insurance:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.mayoclinic.com/health/transient-ischemic-attack/DS00220/DSECTION=symptoms
  2.  www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@hcm/documents/downloadable/ucm_300338.pdf
  3.  www.drugs.com/plavix.html
  4.  www.consumerreports.org/health/resources/pdf/best-buy-drugs/Antiplatelets-2pagers-...
  5.  www.mayoclinic.com/health/transient-ischemic-attack/DS00220/DSECTION=tests%2Dand%2...
  6.  www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/stroke/carotid_endarterectomy_backgrounder.htm
  7.  www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11823682
  8.  www2.costco.com/Service/FeaturePage.aspx?ProductNo=11486072
  9.  www.walmart.com/cp/5431?povid=cat1070145-env172199-module051812-lLinkGNAV_PHARMACY...
  10.  www.walmart.com/cp/1078664
  11.  www.sjo.org/For-Patients/Your-Hospital-Bill/Self-Pay-Discount-Program.aspx
  12.  www.stroke.org/site/PageServer?pagename=TIA
  13.  www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/(S(efntd2saaeir2l5pgarwuvvg))/search.aspx?AspxAut...
More Health & Personal Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Health & Personal Care How Much Does a Knee Brace Cost? How Much Does an Emergency Room Visit Cost? How Much Does an X-Ray Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
shoulder mri
Paid: 8000.00
Seriously, 8K for an MRI before all the secret insurance kicks in. I was stuck with a 1200 bill and my insurance is pretty good. This is insane for a 20 minute procedure with no nurse assistance... [more]
-stevej45
MRI Cost
Garage conversion for larger Den. Old den will become Breakfast room
Paid: 21000.00
We removed garage door, put in a 107'X60" window and exterior door. We also framed/sheet rocked where the garage door had been and built a closet... [more]
-USAF Retiree's wife
Garage Conversion Cost
Traffic citation
Paid: 500.00
Flat rate... [more]
-OL
Traffic Ticket Attorney Cost
what should have cost under 100
Paid: 399.67
had my back wheel stuck on someone's driveway and I was pulled out as easily as a tractor could have done... [more]
-Morgan Moonscar
Towing a Car Cost
Why is dental insurance stuck in the 80's?
Paid: 55000.00
In 1986, I started my first full time Big Girl job, which came with options for medical insurance that ranged from "Volkswagon to Cadillac, and everything in between" which was up to me to choose based on my needs, what I could af... [more]
-Frogsoup09
Dental Implants Cost
Sticker shock
Paid: 389.00
I was totally shocked it came to 385 for one pair of glasses! Usually 220 at costco... [more]
-Diana Evans
Eyeglasses Cost