Monday, November 01, 2010

Preventing recurring strokes - new guidance

One stroke risk factor: having a previous stroke. Now, new guidelines for recurrent stroke prevention:

A joint committee representing the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association has published updated evidence-based recommendations on the prevention of ischemic stroke among survivors of ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack; the statement has been published online Oct. 21 in Stroke. ...

"The recommendations in this statement are organized to help the clinician who has arrived at a potential explanation of the cause of ischemic stroke in an individual patient and is embarking on selection of a therapy to reduce the risk of a recurrent event and other vascular outcomes," the authors write. "Our intention is to update these statements every three years, with additional interval updates as needed, to reflect the changing state of knowledge on the approaches to prevent a recurrent stroke."

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