Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Young stroke outcomes: A key reason for stroke prevention

This is one reason why stroke prevention is so important: Strokes subtract years from lives. Tragically, that's especially critical among the younger stroke survivors (mine was at 39).

Read about recent research showing that mortality is high after an early stroke:
The mortality rate of people who survived at least a month after having a stroke at age 15 to 49 was 15.7% over a mean 10 years of follow-up and 23.0% cumulatively with up to 17 years of follow-up, Karoliina Aarnio, MD, of the Helsinki University Central Hospital, and colleagues found.
That rate was seven-fold higher than that of the age- and sex-matched general population, they reported in the September issue of Stroke. ...
"The high mortality rates and the striking impact of recurrent stroke on the risk of death should lead to development of more robust primary and secondary prevention strategies for young patients with stroke," they argued.

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