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[Comment] AVERT: a major milestone in stroke research

Prevention of stroke is, of course, the ideal scenario, but with more than 10 million major strokes every year worldwide, acute treatment and rehabilitation should also be optimised. Organised acute stroke care within dedicated stroke units reduces death and dependency after stroke,1 but which elements of such care confer this benefit is uncertain. Systematic prevention of common complications and more expert nursing care undoubtedly contribute, but in the physiologically unstable setting of acute stroke, the benefits and harms of each specific element of care need to be reliably assessed.

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