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Second stroke prevention 'may stave off dementia'

Second stroke prevention 'may stave off dementia'
25th September 2009

A new study has highlighted that to reduce the chances of developing dementia after a stroke, doctors and patients must concentrate on preventing a second one.

Dr Sarah Pendlebury, the lead author of the new report and a senior clinical fellow at the Stroke Prevention Research Unit of John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, said in the September 23rd issue of The Lancet Neurology that there is a clear relationship between strokes and dementia.

An analysis of 30 previous studies that involved over 7,500 people who had suffered a stroke understood that the complications of stroke, such as hypertension, cardiac issues and seizures, can have a major effect on dementia.

As reported by HealthDay News, Dr Pendlebury said: "So, to prevent worsening of damage to the brain, the patient must be maintained in as stable a condition as is possible.

"We must prevent either high or low blood pressure and maximise all other secondary prevention measures."

Earlier this week, it was said that declining financial skills can be seen as a prelude to dementia, in information also published in Neurology by the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

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