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Comment: 5 pages, 6 figures, 1 table. Presented at LCWS08 Chicago, Nov. 16-20 2008
Background and Relevance: Atherosclerotic stenosis of the major intracranial arteries is an important cause of transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke. Of the 900,000 patients who suffer a TIA or stroke each year in the USA, intracranial stenosis is responsible for approximately 10%, i.e. 90,000 patients. There have been no prospective trials evaluating antithrombotic therapies for preventing recurrent vascular events in these patients. The main objective of this trial is to compare warfarin [International Normalized Ratio (INR) 2–3] with aspirin (1,300 mg/day) for preventing stroke (ischemic and hemorrhagic) and vascular death in patients presenting with TIA or stroke caused by stenosis of a major intracranial artery. Study Design: Prospective, randomized, double-blind, multicenter trial. The sample sizerequired will be 403 pa...
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