Study: After first stroke, good chance of recurrence

February 16, 2010 1:41:16 PM PST
Once someone has a stroke, there is a strong likelihood they could have a recurrence. That's the finding of a new study in the journal Neurology.

The study found one in 12 people are likely to have another stroke soon after the initial attack, and one in four will die.

Scientists say the statistics highlight the importance of recognizing that anyone who had a stroke is at a high risk for another one and also an increased likelihood of other problems such as a heart attack.

The risks were higher among blacks than whites and also increased with age and the number of medical problems that people had.