Stroke in Old Age

  • David AbernethyEmail author


  • Three quarters of all strokes occur over age 65, and these strokes in the older age group are much more often fatal.

  • Stroke is the fourth most important cause of death and the major cause of adult disability.

  • Both stroke prevention after TIA and minor stroke and the acute treatment of ischaemic stroke are highly effective at any age.

  • Atrial fibrillation is an important largely preventable cause of severe stroke in the elderly, and prophylactic effective anticoagulation should be much more widely used.

  • “Time is brain”—thrombolysis and clot retrieval for acute stroke must be treated urgently.

  • Successful stroke prevention and treatment require continuous improvement of stroke systems and repeated public awareness campaigns.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity of Otago, WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand
  2. 2.Wellington Regional HospitalWakefield Specialist Medical CentreWellingtonNew Zealand

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