Working with a pharmacist benefits stroke patients: study

Working with a pharmacist benefits stroke patients: study

People who recently had a minor stroke are more likely to get their cholesterol and blood pressure under control if they see a pharmacist periodically as compared to a nurse, a new study found.

Keeping cholesterol and blood pressure in check is important because high levels can boost a patient’s risk of having a heart attack, a bigger stroke or even of dying. But these risk factors tend to be poorly controlled.

“Our current system of care results in more than three-quarters of patients who’ve had a minor stroke still having inadequately controlled risk factors six months later,” Dr. Finlay McAlister, the study’s lead author from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, said.

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