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

he risk of coronary events in patients with stroke or TIA. (Risk of coronary events in patients with stroke or TIA: Two-year follow-up data from the REduction of Atherothrombosis for Continued Health (REACH) Registry: Touze E, Rother J, Alberts MJ, Goto S, Hill MD, Aichner F, Steg PG, Bhatt DL, Mas JL, on behalf of the REACH Registry Investigators). Whereas the incidence rates of MI and nonstroke vascular death are only about 1% per year, the risk rises in patients with additional CAD to 2 to 2.5% again underlining the increased risk of polyvascular disease.

Objectives and scope of REACH

The overall aim of the REACH Registry is to improve the assessment and management of stroke, heart attack and associated risk factors for atherothrombosis. It is the largest and most geographically extensive global registry of patients at risk of atherothrombosis, having recruited over 68,000 patients in 44 countries, covering six regions -- Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, Europe and North America -- and involving over 5,000 physician investigators.(4,5)

The REACH Registry includes a broad spectrum of patients with atherothrombosis -- documenting the health status and treatment of people at risk of atherothrombosis; monitoring how they are affected; and measuring the burden of the disease. Patients included in the REACH Registry either have several of the risk factors that can lead to atherothrombosis, such as, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, and diabetes, or have a previous history of heart attack, stroke or PAD. Participation in the REACH Registry is strictly voluntary.

In addition, the REACH Registry is based in a real-life setting and seeks to increase overall understanding of atherothrombotic disease across several medical specialties (cardiology, neurology, internal medicine, vascular medicine and office-based primary care physicians), which allows for a more thorough assessment of the real-world burden of the diseas
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