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Quick treatment ‘key’ for stroke

9th October 2007

Quick treatment following a minor stroke can reduce the chance of a major stroke by 80 per cent, a study claims today.

The risk of suffering a major stroke in the first month of a minor stroke or transient-ischaemic attacks (TIAs) is ten per cent.

A report published in leading medical journal the Lancet says the ten per cent risk of a more major incident could be reduced by 80 per cent if current treatments are initiated at an early stage.

It says that if all at-risk people receive this treatment soon after a minor stroke or TIA then almost 10,000 strokes could be prevented each year in the UK alone.

The researchers from the University of Oxford say the reduction in risk is the same when other factors are taken into account, including age, sex, bleeding, and other complications.

“Further follow-up is required to determine long-term outcome, but these results have immediate implications for the service provision and public education about TIA and minor stroke,” the researchers conclude.

Joe Korner, director of communications at the Stroke Association, said the findings are of the “utmost importance”.

The Stroke Association is calling for anyone with a TIA to be urgently referred to specialist services and for the most at-risk to be seen within 24 hours.

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