Brief telephone interventions to help those with high stroke risk?

Brief telephone interventions to help those with high stroke risk?

Interventional telephone calls could increase the chance of people at high risk of a stroke seeking follow up care, according to a new study.

The research, published in the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, found that a telephone intervention made these patients twice as likely to visit their primary care physician to discuss stroke screening results.

Some participants were given typical information on stroke while others received a telephone call which involved a brief intervention offering specific advice and discussed any barriers to seeing a doctor.

Rajesh Balkrishnan, of the University of Michigan, said: "Telephone interviewers worked with these patients and reinforced the need for stroke care with a primary care doctor."

In other news, a Indiana University team found that stroke survivors could improve their balance and endurance skills by taking up yoga.

Participants experienced a better balancing ability as well as improved confidence in their balancing skills.

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