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More than half of stroke patients were not given preventive drugs, study finds

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 16 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6105
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

More than half of patients who have a first stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) do not have lipid lowering, antihypertensive, or anticoagulant drugs prescribed before their event despite one or more of these being clinically indicated for stroke prevention, an analysis of UK primary care data has found.1

Dyslipidaemia, hypertension, and atrial fibrillation are three of the most important risk factors for stroke and TIA. Lipid lowering drugs, antihypertensives, and anticoagulants …

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