American Stroke Association meeting report
Stroke survivors who stopped taking their prescribed daily aspirin tripled their risk of having another stroke within the month, according to research presented today at the American Stroke Associations International Stroke Conference 2005. "This is the first controlled retrospective study to investigate the potential risk of suffering ischemic stroke shortly after discontinuing aspirin," said Patrik Michel, M.D., co-author of the study and director of the acute stroke unit at Lausanne University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The results confirm and extend previous observations in stroke survivors who stopped taking aspirin. Aspirin is the most often prescribed medication to prevent a recurrent stroke or heart attack, Michel said. This study reinforces the importance of compliance with aspirin therapy in patients with symptomatic atherosclerosis, including previous stroke. Patients and physicians should be aware of a possible increased risk of stroke when aspirin is stopped.
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