Despite advancements in the sphere of healthcare and treating strokes particularly, strokes can shave years off of your life besides impairing the quality of the years they have left. A severe stroke inflicts considerable damage, but even those people who have transient ischemic attack (TIA) are at risk.
A panel of researchers followed 750 people who had a stroke and about 450 who experienced a TIA for five years. They retrieved information about their post-stroke quality of life. On average, stroke patients lose 1.71 out of five years of perfect health due to an earlier death. Moreover, the stroke will cost them another 1.08 years due to reduced quality of life, the study found. In total, people who have had strokes lose an average of 2.79 "quality-adjusted life years.
According to experts, taking control of known risk factors such as high blood pressure is one of the best ways to improve the outlook for patients. According to The National Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes are preventable.
The study was published online in the journal Neurology.
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