COMMENTARY: Recurrent stroke rate was higher than coronary heart disease rate in the first year after stroke but similar after the first year

Hankey, Graeme J.
March 2006
ACP Journal Club;Mar/Apr2006, Vol. 144 Issue 2, p50
Academic Journal
This article reports that the high risk for early recurrent stroke in the year after a first ischemic stroke, presumably reflecting persistence of an active and inadequately treated source of atherothrombembolism or cardiogenic embolism is confirmed. It also confirms the subsequently steady and lower risk for recurrent stroke after the first year, which parallels that of coronary heart disease events since inception. This presumably reflects continued exposure to causal risk factors for atherosclerosis. The estimates of early risk for recurrence are lower than those of other community-based studies, perhaps because of incomplete ascertainment.


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