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Chronic pain a common complication after ischemic stroke.

After an ischemic stroke, one caused by the blockage of a blood vessel, chronic pain is likely, even if the stroke was a mile to moderate event. Researchers who studied this problem found that chronic pain was associated with greater decline in physical and cognitive function. That makes it an especially important consideration in post-stroke treatment. Researchers, who published their work in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, suggest that one reason for the connection between chronic pain and cognitive decline may be related to the side effects of pain medication, though they added that such a hypothesis would have to be studied further. Among the risk factors strongly associated with post-stroke pain were female gender, greater alcohol intake, recent depressive symptoms, diabetes, and vascular disease, specifically located in the lower limbs. If you experience chronic pain after a stroke, talk with your doctor about options for interventions and steps you can take to better control risk factors that might contribute to the problem.

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Title Annotation:HEART BEAT
Publication:Heart Advisor
Date:Jun 1, 2013
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