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By Joe Weatherly FM/Hospitalist-CoFounder of QuestioningMedicine and PCRAP contributor.
Hans-Christoph Diener, Ralph L Sacco, Salim Yusuf, Daniel Cotton, Stephanie Ounpuu, William A Lawton, Yuko Palesch, Reneé H Martin, Gregory W Albers, Philip Bath, Natan Bornstein, Bernard P L Chan, Sien-Tsong Chen, Luis Cunha, Björn Dahlöf, Jacques De Keyser, Geoffrey A Donnan, Conrado Estol, Philip Gorelick, Vivian Gu, Karin Hermansson, Lutz Hilbrich, Markku Kaste, Chuanzhen Lu, Thomas Machnig, Prem Pais, Robin Roberts, Veronika Skvortsova, Philip Teal, Danilo Toni, Cam VanderMaelen, Thor Voigt, Michael Weber, Byung-Woo Yoon
BACKGROUND: The treatment of ischaemic stroke with neuroprotective drugs has been unsuccessful, and whether these compounds can be used to reduce disability after recurrent stroke is unknown. The putative neuroprotective effects of antiplatelet compounds and the angiotensin II receptor antagonist telmisartan were investigated in the Prevention Regimen for Effectively Avoiding Second Strokes (PRoFESS) trial. METHODS: Patients who had had an ischaemic stroke were randomly assigned in a two by two factorial design to receive either 25 mg aspirin (ASA) and 200 mg extended-release dipyridamole (ER-DP) twice a day or 75 mg clopidogrel once a day, and either 80 mg telmisartan or placebo once per day...
October 2008: Lancet Neurology
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