A quarter of stroke patients stop taking one or more of their prescribed stroke prevention medicines within three months of admission for an acute stroke, according to a US study published online in the Archives of Neurology.
The researchers studied 2,598 patients previously admitted to 106 hospitals with ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack.
They said many factors influenced patients’ decisions whether or not to continue taking medication but one of these was their understanding of why the medications had been prescribed.
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