Prescription has impact on stroke victims

28 August 2014

According to researchers, patients are 70 per cent more likely to continue with their stroke prevention medicine for a year if they are given the prescription when they leave hospital. 

The team from St Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Canada, collected data from 11 stroke centres to determine how many stroke patients were still taking their preventative medication one week, one year and two years after the incident.

The findings highlight the importance of simple steps, such as ensuring the patient has their prescription before they are discharged, for preventing future episodes.

Dr Gustavo Saposnik, lead author of the study and director of the Stroke Research Unit at St Michael's, said there are still things that doctors can do to ensure patients receive better quality, long-term care after a stroke. 

Once a patient has had a stroke, their chance of suffering another episode is dramatically increased, but it is estimated that medication can help reduce this risk by more than 80 per cent.

Not only were stroke patients 70 per cent more likely to be taking their medication a year after the event, but the research also found that there were 40 per cent more likely to be taking them two years later.

Posted by Philip Briggs​


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