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Transient ischaemic attack: act fast to reduce the risk of stroke

Publication date: Monday, 06 June 2011
Contributor(s): Professor Mike Kirby

The White Paper, Saving lives: our healthier nation (1999), set out a target to reduce the death rate from coronary heart disease and related illnesses such as stroke by 40% in the under-75s by 2010; recent trends indicate that this target will be met. Although the past forty years have seen a significant reduction in age-standardised stroke mortality rates, stroke still accounts for around 53,000 deaths each year in the UK, with more than 9,500 of these occurring in the under-75s. This article reviews how we might reduce the huge burden of stroke by improving the management of transient ischaemic attack (TIA).

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Category: Editorial
Edition: Volume 8, Number 1, Apr-May-Jun 2011
Print edition page(s): S18
Contributor(s): Professor Mike Kirby

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