Consultant Vol 3 No 1

Aspirin and Clopidogrel in the Acute Treatment of Ischemic Stroke

January 01, 2007

According to data published by the American Heart Association (AHA) in their 2006 update of heart disease and stroke statistics, "on average, someone in the United States suffers a stroke every 45 seconds."1 Furthermore, the AHA reports, approximately 700,000 persons annually experience a new or recurrent stroke, 88% of which are ischemic: however, only "8% to 12% of ischemic strokes result in death within 30 days." Because the majority of persons survive ischemic stroke, there is a need for a broader armamentarium of thrombolytic therapies than that which currently exists.