Older stroke survivors getting right drugs

There has been an encouraging increase in the prescribing of secondary stroke prevention therapies to older Australians, a study shows.

The past six years have seen a steady rise in the rate of stroke survivors being prescribed the gold-­standard trio of antithrombotics, antihypertensives and lipid-lowering drugs, according to an analysis of Department of Veterans’ Affairs data.

By 2009, some 52% of eligible patients were receiving all three medicines following an ischaemic stroke and 43% following a TIA. This compared with just 27% and 24%,