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"If you told a stroke neurologist that 40% of their patients don't have their blood pressure controlled or weren't taking their aspirin or their cholesterol-lowering medication, I think they would be very disappointed," said lead author Dr. Neal Parikh, a neurologist at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City.
"These results indicate that we should be disappointed -- more of our stroke patients need to quit smoking. We can and should be doing a lot better in helping patients with smoking cessation after stroke," he added.
The data came from surveys conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 2013 and 2019.
The researchers also found that stroke survivors in the Stroke Belt -- eight states in the southeastern United States with elevated stroke rates: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana -- were about 6% less likely to have quit smoking than stroke survivors in other areas of the country.
The study was published Nov. 17 in the journal Stroke.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health has more on preventing a second stroke.
SOURCE: Stroke, news release, Nov. 17, 2021
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