Patients who survive the initial 90-day period after a TIA or stroke remain at high risk of negative outcomes.
Few clinics follow patients for years, but even stable patients may be at high risk. Negative outcomes include a repeat TIA or stroke, a heart attack, admittance to long-term care, or death. Within one year, approximately 10% of patients studied had one of these negative outcomes. The rate increases by 5% with each additional years, up to five years. The study involved 24,000 patients who didn’t have an event within the first 90 days.
The new research was presented by Dr. Rick Swartz at the 2014 Canadian Stroke Congress held in Vancouver, BC.
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