Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Avoiding a second stroke - efforts needed

A recent article in U.S. News and World Report:

After suffering a stroke, the chances of having another are high, but a new report shows many patients aren't getting the interventions they need to reduce that risk.

Those interventions include lifestyle changes, such as smoking cessation and exercise, and medical treatments, such as aspirin, blood pressure medications and cholesterol-lowering drugs.

We need more and better strategies for these patients - rehab, counseling, medication, among other things. This Stroke Awareness Month is a good time to start.

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