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Stroke risk following TIA down sharply


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JAMA
Reuters Health - 26/01/2021 - Transient ischemic attack (TIA) is associated with an increased risk of subsequent stroke, but that risk has declined appreciably over the years, likely due to improved TIA care, according to a new study. "We observed an unequivocal decline in the risk of both short- and long-term stroke: in the most recent years (after 2000) patients were approximately 70% less likely to suffer a stroke following a TIA as compared with the earlier periods of our study (before 1985)," said Dr. Vasileios-Arsenios Lioutas of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, in Boston. "Although the study was not designed to specifically answer the question 'why' this happened, the logical explanation is that this reflects improvements in diagnostic workup, secondary prevention and improved public awareness," he told Reuters Health by email. TIA is an "important but often under-recognized and underestimated clinical phenomenon. The sympt...


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