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.