Three-quarters of stroke survivors die from heart disease

Almost three out of four stroke survivors will die of heart disease, international research findings have shown.

Latest data from the Reduction of Atherothrombosis for Continued Health (REACH) study showed that death among stroke and TIA patients was caused by heart disease in 73 per cent of cases.

This comes from two-year follow-up data of the 18,189 patients in REACH, all of who had a previous, stroke, TIA or diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), and were recruited from 44 countries.

Following on from one-year data, by the second year, risk of stroke, MI and death was 11.48 per cent.

Among patients with a history of stroke and TIA, major adverse cardiac events was common, affecting 21 per cent.

Presenting the data at the European Stroke Conference in Nice, France this month, Dr Joachim Rother from the Hanover Medical School in Minden, Germany, said: ‘Not only are the mortality rates high in this population but we have a very high rate of cardiovascular death without fatal stroke.

‘Stroke patients in the long-run have high risk of cardiovascular mortality and often die of MI not stroke,' he added.

‘Improved ischaemic risk reduction management of cerebrovascular patients is required.'

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