New research will help stroke prevention

  • Niall Hunter, Editor

New Irish research aims to help patients who have suffered a 'mini-stroke' by assessing their risk of a further stroke.

Research carried out by the Health Research Board's Centre for Primary Care Research found that a specific 'rating' system of medical signs and symptoms can predict the likelihood of patients having a stroke between seven and 90 days after they have experienced a 'mini-stroke', known as a transient ischaemic attack (TIA).

Patients who have TIAs can often go on to have full-blown strokes if the proper prevention and treatment measures are not initiated.

The risk assessment system for patients who have had TIAs is based on age, blood pressure level, clinical features such as speech impairment, duration of symptoms and presence of diabetes.

Based on the number of symptoms present, a patient is divided into low, moderate or high risk of a stroke.

The research was led by Dr Rose Galvin from the HRB Centre and co-funded by the Irish Heart Foundation.

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