When Your Spouse Has a Stroke.

For the study, published Aug. 20 on the web in the journal Stroke, Persson and co-workers collected data on 248 stroke survivors under 70 years old and their spouses. The experts compared them with 245 husbands and wives of individuals who did not have a stroke. All of the strokes were the effect of a blocked artery to the mind. At the seven-year follow-up, spouses of stroke survivors had even more health issues of their own, including discomfort, than those whose partners had not had a stroke. They also scored less than the additional spouses on all measures of physical and mental functioning. Furthermore, 16.5 % of survivors had suffered another stroke.ACCOMPLISH means Avoiding Cardiovascular Events through Combination Therapy in Patients Coping with Systolic Hypertension. Authors: In addition to Jamerson, ACCOMPLISH investigators included Michael A. Weber, M.D., George L. Bakris, M.D.D., Bertram Pitt, M.D., Victor Shi, M.D., Allen Hester, Ph.D., Jitendra Gupte, M.S., Marjorie Gatlin, M.D. And Eric J. Velazquez, M.D.

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