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Geriatrics 2017, 2(2), 18; doi:10.3390/geriatrics2020018

Stroke in Older Survivors of Ischemic Stroke: Standard Care or Something Different?

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School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW 2305, Australia
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Neurology Department, Calvary Mater Hospital, Newcastle, NSW 2293, Australia
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Received: 10 May 2017 / Revised: 5 June 2017 / Accepted: 12 June 2017 / Published: 19 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Stroke in Ageing)
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Abstract

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability and it is more likely to occur in those who are older. Because people are living longer, the definition of “old” continues to evolve. Age alone should not influence the healthcare that a patient receives, however, evidence indicates that this does occur, especially in older patients. On the basis of the available evidence, it is time to reconsider whether or not stroke care should differ in older survivors of stroke and if so, why. This is a narrative review of stroke-related health care in those with a recent ischemic stroke. It seeks to answer the following question: Should patients aged ≥80 years who have experienced a recent ischemic stroke receive standard care or something different, and if they should receive something different, what should they receive and why? The review focusses on long-term survival, hyper-acute care, secondary prevention, and rehabilitation. The authors propose a number of recommendations in relation to stroke care in older survivors of a recent ischemic stroke. View Full-Text
Keywords: stroke; ageing; secondary prevention and rehabilitation stroke; ageing; secondary prevention and rehabilitation
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Hubbard, I.J.; Wass, S.; Pepper, E. Stroke in Older Survivors of Ischemic Stroke: Standard Care or Something Different? Geriatrics 2017, 2, 18.

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