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Han-Gil Jeong, Beom Joon Kim, Jay Chol Choi, Keun-Sik Hong, Mi Hwa Yang, Cheolkyu Jung, Moon-Ku Han, Hee-Joon Bae
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The majority of ischemic stroke patients receiving endovascular recanalization therapy (EVT) experience variable changes of neurological severities during the hyperacute period. We hypothesized that the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score after EVT is a better prognostic factor compared with the initial NIHSS score or revascularization status. METHODS: We identified 566 stroke patients who received EVT at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital between April 2008 and December 2015...
March 13, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Katsumi Miyauchi, Takeshi Kimura, Hiroaki Shimokawa, Hiroyuki Daida, Satoshi Iimuro, Hiroshi Iwata, Yukio Ozaki, Ichiro Sakuma, Yoshihisa Nakagawa, Kiyoshi Hibi, Takafumi Hiro, Yoshihiro Fukumoto, Seiji Hokimoto, Yasuo Ohashi, Hiroshi Ohtsu, Yasushi Saito, Masunori Matsuzaki, Ryozo Nagai
Large-scale clinical trials in patients in Western countries with coronary artery disease (CAD) have found that aggressive lipid-lowering therapy using high-dose statins reduces cardiovascular (CV) events further than low-dose statins. However, such evidence has not yet been fully established in Asian populations, including in Japan. The Randomized Evaluation of Aggressive or Moderate Lipid-Lowering Therapy with Pitavastatin in Coronary Artery Disease (REAL-CAD) study addresses whether intensification of statin therapy improves clinical outcomes in Japanese patients with CAD...
March 5, 2018: International Heart Journal
Kyu Ho Lee, Min Kyun Sohn, Hye Seon Jeong, Hee Jung Song, Jei Kim, Hyon Jo Kwon, Hyeon Song Koh, Sungju Jee
BACKGROUND: Stroke is the number one cause of adulthood disability in Korea. Rehabilitation after stroke can minimize functional disability, enhance recovery toward independence, and optimize community reintegration. The inter-departmental stroke meeting (IDSM) is a potential method to improve rehabilitation outcomes in patients with stroke. We aimed to analyze the effect of IDSM on rehabilitation after acute ischemic stroke management. METHODS: Medical records of 753 patients with acute ischemic stroke admitted to the neurology department of our medical center between January and December 2014 were reviewed retrospectively...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Kristi G Bache, Maren Ranhoff Hov, Karianne Larsen, Volker Moræus Solyga, Christian G Lund
BACKGROUND: Acute ischemic stroke (AIS) is a medical emergency. The outcome is closely linked to the time elapsing from symptom onset to treatment, and seemingly small delays can mean the difference between full recovery and physical and cognitive dysfunction. Recanalization to allow blood to reenter the affected area is most efficient immediately after symptoms occur, and intravenous thrombolysis must be initiated no later than 4.5 hours after the symptom onset. A liable diagnosis is mandatory to administer the appropriate treatment...
February 28, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
Á Estella, F Aranda Aguilar, R Alonso Avilés, M Liñán López, B Gros Bañeres
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the degree of implementation of the protocolized care for acute stroke in the Spanish emergency departments and to discuss the territorial differences in the treatment of stroke. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Multicenter national survey conducted to evaluate the current treatment of ischemic stroke in emergency departments. The main variables analyzed were focused at evaluating the participation of ERs in the performance of thrombolysis, interventional treatment and destination of patients with stroke...
February 17, 2018: Revista de Calidad Asistencial: Organo de la Sociedad Española de Calidad Asistencial
Charlotte Zerna, Thomas Jeerakathil, Michael D Hill
Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability and the fourth leading cause of death in Canada. Most strokes are ischemic and functional outcome is highly time-dependent, making fast diagnosis and treatment initiation crucial. This poses a challenge in vast geographical areas where stroke neurology expertise is only available in urban centres. In this article we review the rationale for telestroke networks and their current implementation in Canada. Telestroke networks enable stroke-specific procedures to be performed by less experienced physicians under the guidance of stroke neurology experts...
December 27, 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Benjamin R Kummer, Michael P Lerario, Babak B Navi, Adam C Ganzman, Daniel Ribaudo, Saad A Mir, Sammy Pishanidar, Tim Lekic, Olajide Williams, Hooman Kamel, Randolph S Marshall, George Hripcsak, Mitchell S V Elkind, Matthew E Fink
BACKGROUND:  Mobile stroke units (MSUs) reduce time to thrombolytic therapy in acute ischemic stroke. These units are widely used, but the clinical information systems underlying MSU operations are understudied. OBJECTIVE:  The first MSU on the East Coast of the United States was established at New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) in October 2016. We describe our program's 7-month pilot, focusing on the integration of our hospital's clinical information systems into our MSU to support patient care and research efforts...
January 2018: Applied Clinical Informatics
Stacy A Trent, Michael A Johnson, Erica A Morse, Edward P Havranek, Jason S Haukoos
OBJECTIVES: Myocardial infarction and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Both diseases have clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) specific to the emergency department (ED) that improve patient outcomes. Our primary objectives were to estimate differences in ED adherence across CPGs for these diseases and identify patient, provider, and environmental factors associated with adherence. METHODS: Design: Retrospective study at 3 hospitals in Colorado using standard medical record review...
December 29, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Jonathan A Edlow, Kiersten L Gurley, David E Newman-Toker
BACKGROUND: Dizziness, a common chief complaint, has an extensive differential diagnosis that includes both benign and serious conditions. Emergency physicians must distinguish the majority of patients with self-limiting conditions from those with serious illnesses that require acute treatment. OBJECTIVE OF THE REVIEW: This article presents a new approach to diagnosis of the acutely dizzy patient that emphasizes different aspects of the history to guide a focused physical examination with the goal of differentiating benign peripheral vestibular conditions from dangerous posterior circulation strokes in the emergency department...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
William J Powers, Alejandro A Rabinstein, Teri Ackerson, Opeolu M Adeoye, Nicholas C Bambakidis, Kyra Becker, José Biller, Michael Brown, Bart M Demaerschalk, Brian Hoh, Edward C Jauch, Chelsea S Kidwell, Thabele M Leslie-Mazwi, Bruce Ovbiagele, Phillip A Scott, Kevin N Sheth, Andrew M Southerland, Deborah V Summers, David L Tirschwell
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The purpose of these guidelines is to provide an up-to-date comprehensive set of recommendations for clinicians caring for adult patients with acute arterial ischemic stroke in a single document. The intended audiences are prehospital care providers, physicians, allied health professionals, and hospital administrators. These guidelines supersede the 2013 guidelines and subsequent updates. METHODS: Members of the writing group were appointed by the American Heart Association Stroke Council's Scientific Statements Oversight Committee, representing various areas of medical expertise...
March 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Justin Whetten, David N van der Goes, Huy Tran, Maurice Moffett, Colin Semper, Howard Yonas
AIMS: Access to Critical Cerebral Emergency Support Services (ACCESS) was developed as a low-cost solution to providing neuro-emergent consultations to rural hospitals in New Mexico that do not offer comprehensive stroke care. ACCESS is a two-way audio-visual program linking remote emergency department physicians and their patients to stroke specialists. ACCESS also has an education component in which hospitals receive training from stroke specialists on the triage and treatment of patients...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Medical Economics
Joel A Scott-Herridge, Colette M Seifer, Ron Steigerwald, Glen Drobot, William F McIntyre
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and is associated with an increase in the risk of ischemic stroke. The risk of stroke can be significantly decreased by oral anticoagulation (OAC). Our objective was to characterize the filling of OAC prescriptions for patients with actionable AF (new or existing AF with an indication for OAC but not prescribed) and determine the prevalence and predictors of guideline-appropriate therapy at 30 days. This is a multi-hospital, retrospective cohort study of patients who visited the Emergency Department (ED) and had a discharge diagnosis of AF...
November 29, 2017: Acute Cardiac Care
P N Sylaja, Jeyaraj Durai Pandian, Subhash Kaul, M V Padma Srivastava, Dheeraj Khurana, Lee H Schwamm, Praveen Kesav, Deepti Arora, Aman Pannu, Tijy K Thankachan, Aneesh B Singhal
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The Indo-US Collaborative Stroke Project was designed to characterize ischemic stroke across 5 high-volume academic tertiary hospitals in India. METHODS: From January 2012 to August 2014, research coordinators and physician coinvestigators prospectively collected data on 2066 patients with ischemic stroke admitted <2 weeks after onset. Investigator training and supervision and data monitoring were conducted by the US site (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston)...
January 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Lindsey B De Lott, Kevin A Kerber, Paul P Lee, Devin L Brown, James F Burke
Importance: Diplopia is believed to be a common eye-related symptom. However, to date, there are no available population-based estimates, which are necessary to understand the impact of this disabling symptom on the health care system and to identify steps to optimize patient care. Objective: To describe diplopia presentations in US ambulatory and emergency department (ED) settings. Design, Setting, and Participants: Ambulatory and ED visits in the United States by patients with diplopia were analyzed in this prespecified secondary analysis of National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey data collected for a 10-year period (2003-2012)...
October 26, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
Mark T Mackay, Paul Monagle, Franz E Babl
At least half of childhood stroke survivors suffer long-term impairments. Rapid identification of stroke is essential to minimize the extent of injury by restoring perfusion to viable brain. Improving diagnosis of childhood stroke requires correct identification of stroke by prehospital and emergency physicians, rapid performance of appropriate neuroimaging to confirm infarction, and targeted investigations to determine underlying causes, which guide treatment decisions to reduce recurrence risk. Areas covered: This review will summarize the barriers to rapid stroke diagnosis in pre-hospital and emergency department settings, describe recent progress in understanding of the spectrum, presenting clinical features and differential diagnosis of childhood stroke, discuss clinical stroke recognition tools which improve diagnostic accuracy, and their application to children...
November 7, 2017: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
A P Kansagra, G C Meyers, M S Kruzich, D T Cross, C J Moran
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Clinical outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke caused by large vessel occlusion depend on the speed and quality of workflows leading to mechanical thrombectomy. In the absence of universally accepted best practices for workflow, developing stroke hospitals can benefit from improved awareness of real-world workflows in effect at experienced centers. To this end, we surveyed prethrombectomy workflow practices at stroke centers throughout the United States...
September 21, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Federico Moroni, Luca Masotti, Vieri Vannucchi, Raffaella Chiarelli, Cristiana Seravalle, Alessandra Pesci, Francesca Pallini, Silvia Puliti, Barbara Cimolato, Lamberto Fattorini, Cornelia Scerra, Francesca Ristori, Maria Letizia Imbalzano, Stefano Spolveri, Giancarlo Landini, Elisa Grifoni, Maurizio Paciaroni
BACKGROUD AND AIM: The use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF)-related acute ischemic stroke (AIS) is controversial. The aims of our study were to analyze physicians' confidence in prescribing DOACs in NVAF-related AIS, the characteristics of patients receiving DOACs, and their 90-day prognosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Clinical records of consecutive patients admitted to our wards for NVAF-related AIS over the years 2014-2016 were reviewed...
January 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Chun-An Cheng, Chun-Gu Cheng, Jiuun-Tay Lee, Hung-Che Lin, Cheng-Chung Cheng, Hung-Wen Chiu
INTRODUCTION: Sepsis increases the long-term incidence of ischemic stroke (IS). The chances for long-term IS in patients who are discharged after sepsis are unclear. Our aim was to demonstrate long-term risk chances of IS after septicemia discharge. We used a nomogram to identify those septicemia survivors with the higher risk of developing IS. METHODS: Inpatient data were used from the Taiwan Longitudinal Health Insurance Database, from 2001 to 2003. The event was IS rehospitalization after discharge of septicemia...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Jodi D Edwards, Mieke Koehoorn, Lara A Boyd, Boris Sobolev, Adrian R Levy
BACKGROUND: Hospitalization data underestimate the occurrence of transient ischemic attack (TIA). As TIA is frequently diagnosed in primary care, methodologies for the accurate ascertainment of a TIA from physician claims data are required for surveillance and health systems planning in this population. The present study evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of multiple algorithms for TIA from a longitudinal population-based physician billing database. METHODS: Population-based administrative data from the province of British Columbia were used to identify the base population (1992-2007; N=102,492)...
July 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
Pamela W Duncan, Cheryl D Bushnell, Wayne D Rosamond, Sara B Jones Berkeley, Sabina B Gesell, Ralph B D'Agostino, Walter T Ambrosius, Blair Barton-Percival, Janet Prvu Bettger, Sylvia W Coleman, Doyle M Cummings, Janet K Freburger, Jacqueline Halladay, Anna M Johnson, Anna M Kucharska-Newton, Gladys Lundy-Lamm, Barbara J Lutz, Laurie H Mettam, Amy M Pastva, Mysha E Sissine, Betsy Vetter
BACKGROUND: Patients discharged home after stroke face significant challenges managing residual neurological deficits, secondary prevention, and pre-existing chronic conditions. Post-discharge care is often fragmented leading to increased healthcare costs, readmissions, and sub-optimal utilization of rehabilitation and community services. The COMprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services (COMPASS) Study is an ongoing cluster-randomized pragmatic trial to assess the effectiveness of a comprehensive, evidence-based, post-acute care model on patient-centered outcomes...
July 17, 2017: BMC Neurology
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