A stroke of luck

Candis health editor, Karen Evennett shares the latest health update…


If you’ve had a stroke or ‘mini stroke’ (transient ischemic attack) in the past, you’re unfortunately at greater risk of another so called adverse cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack, in the future – but experts are saying that we may be able to reduce our risk by befriending our local pharmacist. In a Canadian study patients who were managed by their pharmacist had a lower risk – with 12.5% improvement in blood pressure and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.

The trial included 279 adult participants in Edmonton, Alberta, who received care from either a pharmacist or a nurse over a six-month period. About 60% of participants were 65 years of age or older and 58% were men. Although patients in both groups had similar reductions in blood pressure, patients in the pharmacist-led group had greater improvements in LDL cholesterol targets (51%) compared with 34% in the nurse-led group. The advantage of being managed by a pharmacist was that he or she could adjust the patient’s medication as needed, whereas the nurse could not.

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