7 October 2014
A new study has shown that stroke patients are still at a high risk of suffering another episode long after the initial danger period.
Presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress, the research suggests that stroke patients have nearly a ten per cent risk of having another incident in the first year after, while they are also at an increased risk of suffering a heart attack, being admitted to long-term care or even dying.
It also found that, five years after their stroke, their risk of these events was twice that of their counterparts that had not suffered an episode in the past.
Currently, most stroke patients are closely analysed for a 90-day danger period after their episode, but the new data suggests that they should be watched for longer.
"This high long-term risk was surprising and shows that we need to develop better strategies and interventions for these patients to prevent as many of these serious problems as we can," says Dr Richard Swartz, director of the University of Toronto stroke programme and leader of the study.
Posted by Edward Bartel
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