Most stroke patients re-admitted to hospitals

Jan 31, 2011

Many patients who suffer a stroke find themselves back in the hospital

Suffering from a stroke can be a debilitating experience. In some cases, people can die as a result of the condition.

According to the American Stroke Association, the majority of Medicare beneficiaries suffering an ischemic stroke die or are readmitted to the hospital within a year.

Study lead author and University of California at Los Angeles professor Dr. Gregg Fonarow says some stroke deaths are preventable.

"These findings underscore the need for quality improvement interventions and systems of care that will improve early, intermediate, and long-term outcomes of patients with acute ischemic stroke," says Fonarow. "Standardizing evidence-based practices that focus on reducing the risks of preventable deaths or readmissions for ischemic stroke patients may be critical."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are actions that can prevent heart disease and stroke, two conditions which are likely to raise life insurance premiums. Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption have been shown to increase the likelihood of the condition.

Not getting exercise, says the CDC, can also be a risk factor for stroke. People should aim to get at least a half hour of exercise most days of the week to ward off medical conditions. 

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