We report the case of an 83-year-old man with recurrent orthostatic transient ischemic attacks despite anticoagulation and crystalloid therapy. An initial cerebral angiogram revealed a nearly occluded right carotid artery with a string sign. Following aggressive volume expansion with albumin, the patient became asymptomatic. A second angiogram demonstrated the resolution of the carotid string sign and unmasked a high-grade, very tight, surgically approachable stenosis. The role of a high intravascular volume status is discussed.