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Strokes Continue to Kill Patients Hospitalized for Heart Attack

A new study finds that patients hospitalized for heart attacks are dying from strokes while in hospital at the same rate over the past 20 years.  The investigators evaluated 9,220 patients hospitalized for heart attack between 1986 and 2005.  The investigators found that the risk of dying from a stroke during hospitalization for heart attack has not decreased over time. 

Although there are modern and effective therapies to prevent and treat stroke, heart attack patients are at high risk and more attention should be directed to preventing death from stroke in these patients.