This module focuses on reduction of risk of further stroke in patients with TIA and minor stroke. This is because secondary prevention is the most important aspect of their management. A similar approach should be taken in patients with more severe strokes although other aspects of care will often dominate management e.g. treatment of complications, rehabilitation and long term support. In this module we present approximate figures in referring to risks of stroke and benefits of treatment for the sake of simplicity and clarity. There are many estimates of these figures in the literature which have varied from research study to research study.
The answers to all the test questions are contained within the module. This information may be provided in the ‘Additional Information’ boxes on some of the pages and in the ‘Topic Loops’. Please note that with the addition of the Topic Loops, it is advisable to allow yourself more time to complete this module. Remember, you do not have to complete the whole module at one sitting, you can, for example, do one patient scenario per visit to the website.
NB: Information within this module is due to be reviewed. Updated content will appear here shortly.
Recurring topics in this subject are listed below as topic loops. These are short tutorials explaining key concepts. When working through the cases links to these topic loops will appear underneath the main content of the page.
- Antiplatelet therapy
- Arterial dissection
- Atrial fibrillation
- Atrial myxoma
- Bacterial endocarditis
- Behaviour change
- Blood pressure reduction
- Brief interventions
- Carotid intervention
- Cholesterol reduction
- Diabetes management following stroke
- Giant cell arteritis
- Health and weight
- Illicit drugs
- Patent foramen ovale
- Physical activity
- Understanding risk
Module authors This module has been developed by: Group Lead Dr Simon Hart, Consultant Physician, NHS Lothian Group Members Prof...
Clinical diagnosis of new acute stroke When a patient arrives in A&E with a clinical diagnosis of new acute stroke,...
Scenario Sheetal Kaur is a 54 year old woman who has been working in the family business since she arrived...
Scenario Isa is a 83 year old lady. She lives alone since her husband died 3 years ago but she...
Scenario Iain is a retired man aged 75. Whilst on the golf course Iain suddenly develops a weakness of his...
Scenario Jason is a 39 year old man living with his partner. He is a heavy drinker (see Topic Loop...
People who have had a stroke or TIA are at greater risk of further strokes, as well as heart attacks...