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The PROGRESS trial three years later: All aspects of secondary prevention after stroke need to be improved

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 09 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1404
  1. Helen Rodgers (, reader in stroke medicine
  1. University of Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH

EDITOR—A strong evidence base exists for many aspects of stroke care particularly secondary prevention. Stroke units reduce death and disability regardless of severity, but only half of UK patients receive this care. The risk of stroke is greatest within the first few days after a transient ischaemic attack, yet waiting times for neurovascular clinics may be weeks or months even if a …

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