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Stable Stroke Patients More Likely to Die From a Nonstroke Cardiovascular Event Than a Further Stroke
Date:5/15/2008

The REACH Registry reveals that 70% of deaths in the stable stroke

population were due to a cardiovascular event other than stroke

NICE, France, May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- New two-year data from the REACH Registry presented at the European Stroke Congress, highlight that among those who die after a stroke the vast majority (73%) will die from nonstroke cardiovascular (CV) events. The overall death rate is 4.45%, with 3.23% of these CV deaths from a nonstroke event.

The two-year data from the REACH Registry demonstrate that the risk of secondary ischemic events (including CV death) is very high in patients with previous stroke and/or TIA.

The REACH Registry has demonstrated that there is a high prevalence of atherothrombosis in more than one vascular bed: one-quarter of patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), two-fifths of patients with cerebrovascular disease (CVD) and three-fifths of patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) also have atherothrombosis in other arterial locations. REACH Registry data also highlight the undertreatment of patients with CVD in the real-world setting. Improving ischemic risk management in these patients is required to prevent hospitalization and death.

Approximately 28% of patients in the REACH Registry have diagnosed CVD at baseline. About 40% of patients with CVD have polyvascular disease. Of the total CVD population at baseline: 71% suffered a prior stroke; 51% had a prior TIA; and, 20% had both.

Two-year data in the CVD population show high event rates for non-fatal stroke (5.9%). The risk of stroke, MI and CV death at two years was 11.5% for the total CVD population. Patients with a history of CVD are at considerable risk of major adverse cardiac events (MACE) and hospitalizations (>20% at two years).

"CVD patients are at high risk of recurrent stroke and other atherothrombotic events. Moreover the REACH Registry has shown that most of these stable stroke patients are a
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