Author Affiliation: Division of Brain Injury Outcomes, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Md.
Stroke prevention represents a critical health challenge. The demographics
of aging and the association of stroke with aging bring together factors that
compel a concerted effort to limit the individual and societal risks of a
worldwide epidemic of stroke.1 As a disease,
stroke functions on 2 biological frontiers: aging and brain vascular function.
Society has recognized the epidemic of atherosclerotic vascular disease for
the last 4 decades and has begun to deal with the cardiac consequences of
atherosclerosis. These efforts are apparent in the public domain and in the
physician's office. Multiple acute interventions and prevention programs are
available to limit acute disease and delay or reverse coronary artery narrowing
and help prevent progression to subsequent myocardial infarctions.
Hanley DF. The Challenge of Stroke Prevention. JAMA. 2004;291(5):621-622. doi:10.1001/jama.291.5.621