Anaemia danger for stroke patients

Stroke patients are especially vulnerable to the effects of anaemia, research finds, with even mild anaemia linked to a 50% increased risk of death within the first year.

In a study of 3700 men treated for a first ischemic stroke, researchers found those with moderate anaemia were twice as likely to die within a year, compared with those who were non-anaemic.

Patients with severe anaemia were 3.5 times more likely to die while still in hospital and 2.5 times more likely to die within a year than those without anaemia.

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