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Muscle cramp drug could be used in healthcare plan for stroke prevention

Published on 13/09/2010
Cilostazol, a drug that prevents clotting and is commonly used to treat muscle cramps, could be effective as part of a healthcare plan aimed at preventing strokes.

New research has found that the drug reduces the risk of a stroke by a quarter, making it more powerful than daily doses of aspirin, which is commonly used by those at risk of a stroke.

Furthermore, it is far less likely to result in a haemorrhage, a dangerous side effect of taking aspirin, the Telegraph reports.

Published in the Lancet, the study, led by a team from Harvard Medical School, involved 2,757 patients who had already suffered a stroke and were therefore at risk of a relapse.

They were split into two roughly equal groups - one of which was given aspirin and the other cilostazol.

It was found that 2.76 per cent of the cilostazol group suffered a stroke compared to 3.71 per cent of those taking aspirin.

Meanwhile, haemorrhaging occurred in 0.77 per cent per year among the cilostazol takers compared to 1.78 per cent for the aspirin group.

An estimated 150,000 people have a stroke in the UK each year.
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