Modified standard stroke treatment may improve care overseas

Nov 29, 2010

A model used to treat a stroke in the U.S. may work well in other countries

A stroke can be a life-changing, and life-threatening, event in any person's life. Fortunately for those who experience a stroke in the U.S., a fairly effective treatment model is in place.

In fact, the model used in the U.S., "Get with the guidelines-stroke program," may prove to be effective in other countries as well.

Study author and China Medical University in Taiwan professor Dr. Chung Hsu says applying some of the guidelines established in the U.S. may improve patient outcomes overseas.

"We have identified the specific standard practices that should be strengthened in Taiwan and want to heighten awareness among relevant government agencies, professional societies, hospitals and patients and their families in Taiwan of the need to work together to improve the quality of stroke prevention and care using the 'Get with the guidelines–stroke model,'" said Hsu.

One of the best ways to treat a stroke may be to prevent it from happening. High blood pressure is one known controllable medical risk associated with a stroke. A proper diet has been shown to help lower one's blood pressure as well as the likelihood of developing other health conditions. Being in good health may also help people save on their life insurance.

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