Chapter 6. Stroke

  1. Stephen Jackson Professor of Geriatric Medicine3,
  2. Paul Jansen4 and
  3. Arduino Mangoni5
  1. Joseph A. Harbison1 and
  2. Gary A. Ford2

Published Online: 2 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch6

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

How to Cite

Harbison, J. A. and Ford, G. A. (2009) Stroke, in Prescribing for Elderly Patients (eds S. Jackson, P. Jansen and A. Mangoni), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Clinical Gerontology, King's College Hospital, London, UK

  2. 4

    Department of Geriatric Medicine, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

  3. 5

    Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Flinders University, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Medical Gerontology, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

  2. 2

    Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAY 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470024287

Online ISBN: 9780470017975



  • stroke - acute, focal neurological deficit;
  • stroke - cerebral infarction or intracerebral haemorrhage;
  • aspirin combined with modified release dipyridamole – in secondary prevention of stroke;
  • using dipyridamole in older patients;
  • current prescribing guidelines for antiplatelets;
  • platelet glycoprotein (GP) IIB/IIIA inhibitors;
  • activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT);
  • heparins in older people;
  • warfarin in older people and higher incidence of haemorrhagic complications


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Aetiology

  • Modifiable risk factors for stroke

  • Therapy

  • Key points

  • References