MUSC: New stroke research to help ward off second attack

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A brand new research on stroke patients will now help doctors understand the best way to ward off a second stroke. It's an important information for South Carolina, which is right in the heart of the stroke belt where we have one of the highest death rates from stroke.

The nationwide study was led by a doctor here at the Medical University of South Carolina, who found aggressive medical treatment is better for patients with a narrowed brain artery than propping the artery open with a device called a stent.

Doctors say the results were overwhelming. The study found medication including; a daily dose of aspirin and a clot preventer and managing high blood pressure and cholesterol to be the better treatment.

Lifestyle changes are also important, such as giving up smoking, exercising and controlling diabetes.

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The research is published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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