Current and future concepts in stroke prevention

O'Rourke, Fintan; Dean, Naeem; Akhtar, Naveed; Shuaib, Ashfaq
March 2004
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;3/30/2004, Vol. 170 Issue 7, p1123
Academic Journal
STROKE IS A MAJOR CAUSE OF MORBIDITY and mortality in an aging population. The current understanding of the pathophysiology of atherosclerotic diseases, the most common cause of stroke, and the evidence for existing therapeutic interventions for the prevention of stroke are presented. Specifically, we review the evidence for antiplatelet agents, anticoagulants, antihypertensive medications, lipid-lowering agents and carotid endarterectomy for stroke prevention.


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