Ry 2003 and 31st December 2006. The mean age of the participants was 73 years and 53 were women.Data for analysis12 months after, the stroke index date. The stroke index date was defined as the first date on which a stroke medical code was recorded. Data were analysed for six continuous variables: systolic blood pressure (BP; mm Hg); diastolic BP (mm Hg); total cholesterol (mmol/l); low density l