Archive for Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Study: Prompt treatment of minor strokes key

October 9, 2007


— Patients who receive treatment for a minor stroke within 24 hours reduce their risk of a second stroke by 80 percent compared with those who wait three days or more to see a doctor, according to a new study released today.

Many patients who experience the relatively mild and temporary symptoms of a minor stroke - slurred speech, arm weakness and dizziness - often forgo seeing a doctor for days or weeks. Some doctors also fail to initiate immediate treatment for such symptoms.

But researchers in Oxford, England, found in a study of 1,278 stroke patients that even the mildest strokes need to be treated quickly with blood thinners and cholesterol-lowering drugs to avoid a recurrence.

"If someone has either the warning signs of a stroke or has a mild stroke, they need to seek urgent medical care," said Dr. Michael Alexander, who directs the Neurovascular Center at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and who was not involved in the study.


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