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Stroke Association statement on the use of aspirin to reduce the risk and severity of secondary stroke

News   •   May 18, 2016 23:30 BST

Dr Dale Webb, Director of Research and Information at the Stroke Association, said: “The results from this trial are an exciting development as they suggest people who take aspirin when they are having a TIA (also known as mini-stroke), could significantly reduce their risk of having a major stroke and its severity. However, it’s important to note that taking aspirin is not an alternative to seeking medical attention. Anyone who thinks they are having a TIA should always call 999 immediately. The findings suggest that anyone who has stroke symptoms, which are improving while they are awaiting urgent medical attention can, if they are able, take one dose of 300 mg aspirin.The research findings are timely, as the stroke community is currently working to develop a new set of national clinical guidelines on stroke.”

NOTES TO EDITOR:

The symptoms of a TIA are similar to a stroke but may last a short time. You can use the FAST test to recognise the warning signs:

FACIAL weakness: Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?

ARM weakness: Can the person raise both arms?

SPEECH problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?

TIME to call 999

“Other symptoms sometimes associated with TIA can include weakness or numbness on one side of the body, loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes, memory loss, confusion or a sudden fall.