Stroke

Despite a dramatic increase in the use of thrombolytic therapy for acute ischemic stroke, 25% of eligible patients still do not receive this treatment, according to data from a national registry.
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Racial disparities in poststroke activities of daily living (ADL) limitations are not a result of prestroke activity limitations.
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A new retrospective review of patients presenting with acute ischemic stroke has shown additional predictors of outcome independent of traditional assessment tools.
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As one center showed, streamlined coordination among emergency department physicians, pharmacists, and neurologists can improve outcomes of patients diagnosed with stroke.
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Several studies have examined the costs associated with actively educating and supporting family caregivers of people who have had a stroke, yet provide only limited evidence that such interventions are cost-effective.
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A recent test-run of a mobile stroke unit (MSU) in Houston, TX, has shown preliminary success in the treatment of patients diagnosed with ischemic stroke.
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Philadelphia, PA—Some of the most expensive diagnostic tests for stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) do not affect patient management but expose patients to potential harm, said Pratik D. Bhattacharya, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
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A systematic review of existing quality measures for the emergency care of acute ischemic stroke has revealed that only 3 measures meet all of the American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) evaluation criteria.
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A large Spanish study conducted between January 2001 and December 2012 has provided real-world evidence confirming that revascularization is the strongest independent predictor of good outcomes after endovascular therapy (EVT) in patients who have had an acute ischemic stroke.
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Because atrial fibrillation is a major risk factor for ischemic stroke, there is a need for strategies to identify people at risk for stroke and prevent it at all ages. The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has helped fill this gap with the release of new evidence-based guidelines.
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