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Supplement

Update on stroke, 2nd edition

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Contents

Atherothrombosis, antiplatelet therapy and ischaemic stroke prevention

CHRISTOPHER R LEVI

Strategies to prevent the development of atherosclerosis and mitigate the formation of surface thrombus on atherosclerotic plaque can potentially translate into substantial reductions in the risk of ischaemic stroke.

Current management of atrial fibrillation

DAVID GALLAGHER

Most patients with atrial fibrillation will need rate control therapy and anticoagulation. GPs can initiate these therapies in stable patients. Rhythm control, new antithrombin agents and catheter ablation techniques are also discussed.

Diagnosing and evaluating patients with a transient ischaemic attack

CHRISTIAN SKULINA, LEO DAVIES

A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) is not a benign event and should under some circumstances be treated as a medical emergency. Failure to adequately recognise and evaluate this warning sign could mean missing an opportunity to prevent permanent disability or death.

TIA and stroke: a management guide for GPs

HENRY MA, JOHN LY, GEOFFREY A DONNAN

With the availability of level I evidence showing that the burden of stroke may be reduced by specific strategies for the acute phase and secondary prevention, management is changing rapidly.

Managing stroke survivors in the community

STEVEN FAUX

A stroke can transform a person physically, socially and psychologically. The community care of stroke survivors includes promoting independent living, preventing further strokes and caring for the carers.

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