Stroke and Osteoporosis screening

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Most stroke patients are not being screened for osteoporosis even though stroke is a known risk factor for the condition.

Canadian researchers studied hospital data from over 16,000 stroke patients who often face mobility issues.

This can cause decreased bone mineral density which greatly increases the risk of osteoporosis, broken bones and falls.

However, only five-percent of patients in the study actually underwent bone mineral density testing.

Young patients and femailes were most likely to be screened.

Over 15-percent were prescribed medications for osteoporosis within a year of the stroke.

The data came from 11 regional stroke centers throughout Ontario, Canada.

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