Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.

Join

Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login

Therapeutic intervention

Early aspirin use after transient ischaemic attack cuts severe stroke risk by 90%

Large analysis of data shows taking aspirin within two weeks of transient ischaemic attack or stroke cuts risk of secondary stroke by over 90%.

Research suggests that taking aspirin following transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or stroke can reduce the risk of a secondary stroke by 13%. However, observational studies suggest that the short-term benefits might be much higher. 

Therefore, researchers pooled and randomised data from 15,778 patients to look at the very early effects. 

They found that taking aspirin reduced the risk and severity of recurrent stroke in the first six weeks compared with control. But the greatest effect was observed in the first two weeks, particularly following TIA or minor stroke, where it reduced the risk of disabling or fatal stroke by over 90%. 

Reporting their findings in The Lancet (online, 18 May 2016)[1], the researchers say that previous studies underestimated the beneficial effects of urgent aspirin treatment and public education campaigns should encourage people to self-administer aspirin if they suspect TIA symptoms.

Citation: Clinical Pharmacist DOI: 10.1211/CP.2016.20201209

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

  • Patient Care in Community Practice

    Patient Care in Community Practice

    Patient Care in Community Practice is a unique, practical guide for healthcare professionals or carers. Covers a range of non-medicinal products suitable for use at home.

    £22.00Buy now
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics

    Clinical Pharmacokinetics

    A practical guide to the use of pharmacokinetic principles in clinical practice. Includes case studies with questions and answers.

    £33.00Buy now
  • Essentials of Economic Evaluation in Healthcare

    Essentials of Economic Evaluation in Healthcare

    An introduction to economic evaluation specific to healthcare, for those with little or no knowledge of economics. Covers cost effectiveness, cost utility and cost benefit analysis.

    £33.00Buy now
  • Strategic Medicines Management

    Strategic Medicines Management

    A practical guide to influencing the availability of medicines, and policies of their use. Focuses on the strategic elements of medicines management.

    £33.00Buy now
  • Introduction to Renal Therapeutics

    Introduction to Renal Therapeutics

    Introduction to Renal Therapeutics covers all aspects of drug use in renal failure. Shows the role of the pharmacist in patient care for chronic kidney disease.

    £38.00Buy now

Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Supplementary images

  • MRI scan of a brain with stroke

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.