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Transient ischaemic attacks may have greater long-term impact than previously thought

People are more likely to go to their GP about fatigue, psychological and cognitive impairment after a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) than similar people who have not had a TIA. Following a TIA people also go to their GP with these health problems sooner than those who haven’t had a TIA. A TIA, sometimes called ...

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Long-haul flyers could reduce risk of leg blood clots with compression stockings

Airline passengers could reduce their risk of getting a deep vein thrombosis by wearing compression stockings, even if they are at low risk. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a clot in the deep leg veins, and immobility is a risk factor. The chance of air travel causing DVT in healthy people is low, and many ...

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People prefer shorter compression stockings to prevent blood clots

People having surgery prefer wearing knee length to thigh length compression stockings to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT). They are more likely to wear knee length stockings correctly and for the recommended time. DVT is a clot in the deep leg veins and surgery is a known risk factor. If the clot travels to the ...

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Surgical clot removal within seven hours of stroke improves function

For ischaemic stroke caused by a blood clot, early surgical clot removal alongside medical treatment improves functional outcomes at three months compared with medical treatment alone. Urgent stroke treatment is known to improve outcomes. Endovascular thrombectomy is a relatively new technique to mechanically remove the clot, where this is possible. Uncertainty over the optimal timing ...

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Exercise therapy may still improve balance when started a long time after a stroke

Exercise therapy may improve balance for people in the chronic phase of recovery six or more months after stroke. The most effective training regimens seem to be those that focus on balance, weight shifting and gait training. Though significant, the improvements in function may still be small. Often little recovery can be expected beyond six ...

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Supported self-management improves quality of life and self-belief after stroke

Training people to take an active role in managing the consequences of their stroke improves their quality of life. These self-management programmes are usually led by health professionals. They cover a range of skills including problem solving, goal setting, and decision-making and provide advice about stroke. The improvement appears to act through “self-belief”. For example, ...

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Early aspirin reduces stroke recurrence following warning symptoms

Aspirin taken as soon as possible after a stroke or symptoms of a stroke reduces the risk of further stroke within the next six weeks by about 60%. This is much better than the 13% reduction previously estimated. People with warning strokes, where symptoms resolve within 24 hours, stand to benefit by self-administering aspirin even ...

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Mechanical clot removal may offer better outcomes for people with stroke

Mechanical clot removal alongside standard clot-busting drug treatment may offer better functional outcomes for people who have suffered a stroke caused by a blood clot than drug treatment alone. This review found that 44% of patients receiving mechanical clot removal had a good functional outcome after 90 days, compared to 33% of those who didn’t. ...

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New tool could help identify people at high risk of repeat blood clots

A new prediction tool used following a spontaneous blood clot in the veins of the leg can identify people at risk of a further blood clot. This may help clinicians decide who should continue longer term treatment after initial treatment for the first clot has ended. An anticoagulant such as warfarin is usually recommended for ...

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Extending anticoagulant treatment beyond three months reduces the risk of recurrent blood clots

Warfarin, newer direct oral anticoagulants and aspirin all significantly reduced the rate of recurrent clots in patients treated for more than the standard three months. Aspirin was the least effective and the number of major bleeds and deaths was low in all three groups. This review pooling seven trials found that between six and 36 ...

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