Doing this after stroke is critical for long-term survival

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In a new study from Monash University, researchers emphasize how critical it is for survivors of first-time stroke to take medications on an ongoing basis, with new findings highlighting long-term links with survival.

In Australia, someone suffers a stroke every 19 minutes and it is one of Australia’s biggest killers. In addition, nearly half of all survivors of stroke are expected to experience a recurrent cardiovascular event within 10 years.

Specific medications help to prevent this long-term risk, but adherence to these agents is often suboptimal among patients.

In the study, the team used linked data from 8,363 adult patients who survived a first stroke between July 2010 and June 2014, with follow-up for a further three years.

They found for patients with one-year adherence above 60%, each 10% improvement in adherence was linked to a 13–15% reduction in the death risk.

The team says there are several factors associated with a greater chance of continued use of secondary prevention medications: provision of medication on hospital discharge, regular contact with a primary care physician, and specialist physician contact.

These findings represent important implications for practice by highlighting the value of efforts to improve medication adherence post-stroke, even among patients with near-perfect adherence.

The paper in Stroke is titled “Greater Adherence to Secondary Prevention Mediations Improves Survival After Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack: A Linked Registry Study.”

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The study is published in Stroke. One author of the study is Associate Professor Monique Kilkenny.

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