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Marshfield Clinic stroke study unveils keys for survivors

7:24 PM, Jul. 2, 2013
Nurse student Margaret Higginbotham does a blood pressure screening on Brad Cocherl during an event at Wausau Alliance Church in 2011.
Nurse student Margaret Higginbotham does a blood pressure screening on Brad Cocherl during an event at Wausau Alliance Church in 2011.
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Marshfield Clinic researchers recently finished taking part in a study that will change the way doctors treat stroke survivors.

The study, which ran from 2003 to 2012, followed about 3,000 patients at 81 medical centers in eight countries, including 24 Marshfield Clinic patients. All of the patients had recently experienced a lacunar stroke, a type of stroke involving decreased blood supply to structures below the brain's surface.

Doctors now are closer to defining a target blood pressure range for patients who have experienced lacunar strokes, said Marshfield Clinic nephrologist ...

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