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Drug Trio May Cut Stroke Severity

Too Soon to Recommend the Drug Mix, Researchers Caution

Study's Limits

Larger, longer studies are needed before any recommendations are made, the researchers note. Here are three reasons for their caution:

  • The study doesn't show how the patients fared after leaving the hospital.
  • The researchers weren't able to adjust for any other illnesses patients may have had.
  • Patients weren't randomly assigned to take any (or none) of the drug types.

An editorial in the journal agrees.

The study is an "important" addition to the "growing evidence that statins and ACE inhibitors may be useful as neuroprotective agents in the setting of acute ischemic stroke," but more studies are required, the editorial notes.

The editorialists included Tanya Turan, MD, an assistant professor of neurology at Emory University.

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