UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Neurology

Title: Recurrent Stroke and Post-TIA Stroke Risks

Keywords: stroke, tia, prevention, recurrent (PubMed Search)

Posted: 1/10/2008 by Aisha Liferidge, MD (Updated: 7/14/2024)
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  • Of the 700,000 annual strokes in the U.S., 200,000 are recurrent.
  • Risk of recurrent stroke is reported to be:

              -->  11.5% at 1 week

              -->  6-15% at 1 month

              -->  18.5% at 3 months

  • Risk of stroke following TIA is reported to be:

              -->  8% at 1 week

              -->  11.5% at 1 month

              -->  17.3% at 3 months

  • Due to the significant risk of stroke recurrence and new stroke after TIA, many of which lead to permanent disability, death, and health care costs, it is imperative that due diligence be given to proactively and thoroughly working stroke/TIA patients up in a timely fashion after the initial event. 
  • Secondary prevention, such as smoking cessation, weight management, alcohol consumption moderation, tight glucose control, and anti-platelet therapy, should also be encouraged.



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Sacco, et al.  Predictors of Mortality and Recurrence after Hospitalized Cerebral Infarction in an Urban Community:  the Northern Manhattan Stroke Study.  Neurology 1994;44:626-34.

Coull, et al.  Population Based Study of Early Risk of Stroke after Transient Ischaemic Attack or Minor Stroke:  Implications for Public Education and Organisation of Services.  BMJ 2004;328:326.