Medical advances ignored in outdated stroke guidelines

RECOMMENDATIONS for surgical procedures to prevent stroke are outdated and over-utilised, according to an Australian systematic review of international stroke prevention guidelines.

Thirty-four current guidelines, including from Australia, were analysed by a team of researchers from the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. The team found that expensive carotid procedures tend to be recommended over medical treatments.

“Current guidelines understate the value of modern medical treatment, which has seen a drop in stroke rates of up to 80% over the last 30