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Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients at Increased Risk of Stroke

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Heart Attack and Stroke

Patients hospitalized with chest pain or heart attack symptoms are at an increased risk of stroke even after being discharged, according to a study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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"In spite of current therapy, their stroke risk is substantially higher than that of the general population," said co-author Keith A. A. Fox, M.B., Ch.B., professor of cardiology at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.

Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is an umbrella term for conditions that cause chest pain due to insufficient blood supply to the heart muscle (acute myocardial ischemia).

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