A poorer prognosis for stroke survivors

Stroke survivors who seem clinically stable are actually at heightened risk of dying or experiencing myocardial infarction for at least five years, even after a relatively mild event, a large study shows.

The long-term risks associated with an uncomplicated stroke or a transient ischaemic attack are more serious than previously thought, say the Canadian authors.

Compared with healthy people, stroke survivors are twice as likely to die or have another stroke or MI within a year of their initial attack, according to their study of 26,366 patients.

The risks remains high for

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