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The Importance of Educating Patients With Stroke About Vitamin D

Schneider, Melissa A.

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: December 2017 - Volume 49 - Issue 6 - p 387–389
doi: 10.1097/JNN.0000000000000326
Clinical Nursing Focus

ABSTRACT There is a growing body of evidence linking vitamin D to more than only bone health. Researchers are discovering connections between low vitamin D levels and increased stroke risk, higher mortality, and poorer outcomes after stroke. Nurses need to be aware of ongoing research regarding vitamin D and include information about this important vitamin with patient education, especially for older patients admitted with stroke symptoms or risks.

Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Melissa A. Schneider, DNP RN-BC ONC CCRN, at or She is a Clinical Nurse Educator, WellSpan York Hospital, and a Nursing Faculty, York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

© 2017 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses