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Not enough support for GPs to reduce strokes in over-50s

The Government is not doing enough to support GPs in reducing the risk of stroke as outlined in the national service framework for older people, according to a GP survey.

Some 90 per cent of GPs felt they did not have adequate resources to meet targets, which included setting up disease registers and identifying high-risk patients because of hypertension, atrial fibrillation and other risk factors.

The survey, by Doctors.net, the online service for doctors, asked 403 GPs about their knowledge of stroke.

The majority ­ 88 per cent ­ estimated up to 50 per cent of their patients over the age of 55 were at risk of stroke.

Professor Bryan Williams, chair of the British Hypertension Society, told the conference: 'The results come as no surprise. There has been an impressive and effective drive to implement evidence-based treatments into clinical practice for the prevention of heart disease.

'The same energy, focus and resources are also needed to reduce the tragic burden of stroke.'

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