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Primary and secondary prevention of stroke 

Primary and secondary prevention of stroke
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Primary and secondary prevention of stroke
Author(s):

Lisa Manning

, Man Yee Lam

, and Thompson G. Robinson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198701590.003.0118
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date: 16 September 2019

Stroke is one of the leading causes of mortality, morbidity, and disability worldwide. Stroke and transient ischaemic attack survivors are at risk of recurrent stroke, which is often more severe and disabling. Despite the success in acute treatment and rehabilitation of stroke, prevention remains the most effective way to reduce the global burden of the disease. Since preventative strategies have early effectiveness, prompt recognition of symptoms, specialist assessment and diagnosis, and initiation of these secondary prevention strategies are of utmost importance in stroke prevention. This chapter provides an overview of current primary and secondary stroke prevention strategies, highlighting the importance of rapid recognition, urgent specialist care, and evidence-based interventions, which are the cornerstones of effective management.

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