Prevent Return of Stroke

ID Number 02-0515

Principal Investigator(s)
Carol R Horowitz

Department(s) or Division(s)
Population Health Science and Policy


The purpose of this study is to determine if people who have had a stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA) or mini-stroke, can lower their risk for having another stroke if they take part in a community based, peer-led, health education workshop. Controlling high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol level, and taking anti-blood clot medication can lower the risk for having another stroke. The workshop has six sessions that each last about 1.5 hours, held once a week for six weeks. Participants learn techniques to help manage risk factors for having another stroke.

We are enrolling people who are over forty years old who have had a stroke or TIA within the past five years. Participants answer survey questions about their health and the medications they take, and we measure height, weight, blood pressure, and draw blood to check direct LDL cholesterol. After completing the survey and testing, participants are randomly assigned (using a process like flipping a coin) to one of two groups: one group starts the workshop right away, and the other starts the workshop in a year. All participants come back at 6 and 12 months for surveys and to re-check height, weight, blood pressure, and direct LDL cholesterol.

Contact Information
Judith Goldfinger
(212) 659-9571

Recruiting Patients: Yes