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Medical News & Perspectives
March 28, 2001

Awareness of "Silent Strokes" Stressed

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JAMA. 2001;285(12):1564-1565. doi:10.1001/jama.285.12.1564-JMN0328-2-1

Fort Lauderdale, Fla—Patients, members of their families, and clinicians need to become more aware of "silent strokes" as the cause of such symptoms as mood disorders, memory loss, and difficulty walking, said researchers at last month's American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference.

Such awareness, said Megan C. Leary, MD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine, is important because the annual burden of stroke is substantially higher than suggested by estimates based solely on clinically manifested events and suggests that greater research and clinical resources should be allocated to stroke prevention and treatment.

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