Stroke Medication
Friday, September 25, 2009

Failure to take medication as directed can have devastating consequences for stroke patients. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study that looked at non-compliance in stroke patients with their medication in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Many stroke patients may be placing themselves at increased risk of another stroke simply by not taking their medication as directed.

Researchers found that most stroke patients filled a prescription for a drug aimed at preventing a second stroke within three months of leaving the hospital. But by a year later, one-third had stopped taking their pills.

Researchers studied 6,000 patients who were discharged from the hospital after being treated for stroke. Over the next year, the researchers tracked whether the patients filled prescriptions for three major classes of drugs aimed at preventing another stroke.

Results showed that over the first 90 days after being discharged, 79 percent filled at least one prescription. A year later 34 percent of stroke survivors werenít filling any of the prescribed drugs.

It is estimated that 80 percent of recurrent strokes can be prevented with appropriate risk factor modification, which includes getting blood pressure and cholesterol down to acceptable levels.

Stroke victims should always talk to their doctors at discharge about medication to prevent recurrent stroke.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.