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Rapid treatment of minor stroke reduces risk of repeat

Rapid initiation of treatment in transient ischaemic attack and minor stroke reduces the risk of a repeat stroke and healthcare costs, say UK researchers.

The EXPRESS study compared the outcomes of 1,300 patients who received immediate treatment in an outpatient clinic for a TIA or minor stroke, compared with those who were referred back to their GP for treatment at a later date.

The study showed early initiation of treatment reduced the risk of early recurrent stroke by 80% and hospital costs fell by 59%.

The Lancet 2009 5 February early online publication

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