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Stroke Can Cost More Than Reduction in Number of Years Lived

Stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) can take away not only the number of years a person lives, but also their quality of life, the Los Angeles Times reports. The claim is based on a study published in Neurology that aimed to “generate a fuller picture of a disease’s cost.” Researchers identified 440 patients who arrived at a Britain hospital due to a TIA and 748 due to a full-blown stroke. At a five year follow-up, researchers calculated that those who suffered a stroke, on average, lost 1.71 years due to premature death but also 1.08 years due to reduced quality of life. Patients who suffered from TIA also lost up to 1 year due to reduced quality of life. Healthcare professionals urge more preventative measures for stroke, such as managing diseases like hypertension or diabetes.

Read it in the Los Angeles Times.

Read the study in Neurology.