Long education predicts recovery from stroke

Educational attainment predicts how well people survive stroke. Better educated patients have clearly better neuropsychological abilities after the stroke, for example their memory functions and visuospatial and linguistic abilities are better.

They also live longer after the stroke.

Patients who have been educated for six years or less do the worst.

- The research gave a clear message on the importance of allocating sufficient resources to children and basic education, says Niku Oksala, Docent of Surgery and a specialist in vascular surgery at the University of Tampere and Tampere University Hospital.

His research was the first to combine the patients' educational history, wide-ranging neuropsychological assessment, the physical changes in the brain evidenced by magnetic resource imaging (MRI) analysis and long-term follow-up with Finnish patient data.

The patients, who were in their sixties and seventies, were recruited to the research in the early 1990s when they came to be treated at the Stroke Unit. They were followed for as long as twelve years.

Read the full story on the University of Tampere website

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