Improvements in care for patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) have been linked to a decline in ischemic stroke.
A study in Sweden found that a ten year fall in ischemic stroke rates is attributable to changes in the way AMI care is approached by doctors.
AMI occurs prior to ischemic stroke and the time before a patient is seen and the treatments administered are important in determining outcomes.
While the findings of this study are based on analysis of two Swedish registries, they have implications for limiting the risk of ischemic stroke across the globe.
What's more, they shed light on the true impact of AMI on the risk of stroke, plugging the gaps of previous studies which produced "great variation in the incidence of ischemic stroke after AMI," according to Dr Anders Ulvenstam, who presented the findings of the investigation.
He concluded that the risk of strike will continue to decline if "clinicians treat their AMI patients with the recommended drugs and interventions".
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