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Ischaemic stroke

Won Jang, Hyo Sung Kwak, Gyung Ho Chung, Seung Bae Hwang
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated the utility of three-dimensional (3D), black-blood (BB), contrast-enhanced, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the detection of intraluminal thrombi in acute stroke patients. METHODS: Forty-seven patients with acute stroke involving the anterior circulation underwent MRI examination within 6 h of clinical onset. Cerebral angiography was used as the reference standard. In a blinded manner, two neuroradiologists interpreted the following three data sets: (1) diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) + 3D BB contrast-enhanced MRI; (2) DWI + susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI); (3) DWI + 3D BB contrast-enhanced MRI + SWI...
March 19, 2018: European Radiology
Graeme A Deuchar, David Brennan, William M Holmes, Martin Shaw, I Mhairi Macrae, Celestine Santosh
The ability to identify metabolically active and potentially salvageable ischaemic penumbra is crucial for improving treatment decisions in acute stroke patients. Our solution involves two complementary novel MRI techniques (Glasgow Oxygen Level Dependant (GOLD) Metabolic Imaging), which when combined with a perfluorocarbon (PFC) based oxygen carrier and hyperoxia can identify penumbra due to dynamic changes related to continued metabolism within this tissue compartment. Our aims were (i) to investigate whether PFC offers similar enhancement of the second technique (Lactate Change) as previously demonstrated for the T2 *OC technique (ii) to demonstrate both GOLD metabolic imaging techniques working concurrently to identify penumbra, following administration of Oxycyte® (O-PFC) with hyperoxia...
2018: Theranostics
George A Karpouzas, Joel Estis, Panteha Rezaeian, John Todd, Matthew J Budoff
Objectives: Patients with RA display greater occult coronary atherosclerosis burden and experience higher cardiovascular morbidity and mortality compared with controls. We here explored whether pro-inflammatory cytokines and high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI), a biomarker of myocardial injury, correlated with plaque burden and cardiovascular events (CVEs) in RA. Methods: We evaluated 150 patients with 64-slice coronary CT angiography. Coronary artery calcium, number of segments with plaque (segment involvement score), stenotic severity and plaque burden were assessed...
March 14, 2018: Rheumatology
Vincent Auffret, Yves Cottin, Guillaume Leurent, Martine Gilard, Jean-Claude Beer, Amer Zabalawi, Frédéric Chagué, Emanuelle Filippi, Damien Brunet, Jean-Philippe Hacot, Philippe Brunel, Mourad Mejri, Luc Lorgis, Gilles Rouault, Philippes Druelles, Jean-Christophe Cornily, Romain Didier, Emilie Bot, Bertrand Boulanger, Isabelle Coudert, Aurélie Loirat, Marc Bedossa, Dominique Boulmier, Maud Maza, Marielle Le Guellec, Rishi Puri, Marianne Zeller, Hervé Le Breton
Aims: To derive and validate a readily useable risk score to identify patients at high-risk of in-hospital ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)-related cardiogenic shock (CS). Methods and results: In all, 6838 patients without CS on admission and treated by primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI), included in the Observatoire Régional Breton sur l'Infarctus (ORBI), served as a derivation cohort, and 2208 patients included in the obseRvatoire des Infarctus de Côte-d'Or (RICO) constituted the external validation cohort...
March 15, 2018: European Heart Journal
Amir Abukaresh, Rami Al-Abadlah, Bettina Böttcher, Khamis El-Essi
BACKGROUND: In the 2014 Palestinian annual health report, cerebrovascular accident was ranked as the third leading cause of death in the occupied Palestinian territory. Cerebrovascular accident is also one the most common causes of disability worldwide. Good management decreases mortality and morbidity. The aim of this study was to assess the current management of patients with ischaemic stroke at the Al-Shifa Hospital and to compare this with international guidelines. METHODS: For this clinical audit, we used simple random sampling to select files of patients admitted with the diagnosis of ischaemic stroke to the Al-Shifa Hospital...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Mohammed N Alkhatib, Tamer Abd-Alghafoor, AlaaEldeen Elmassry, Loai Albarqouni, Bettina Böttcher, Maha Alfaqawi
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The aim of this study was to assess the standard of care for patients with acute ischaemic stroke at the internal medicine department of Nasser Hospital, Gaza Strip. METHODS: For this retrospective clinical audit, we selected a random sample of 100 medical records for patients with stroke who were admitted to Nasser Hospital between January and August, 2016. Clinical practice was compared with the recommendations in the 2013 American Heart Association and American Stroke Association guidelines...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Benjamin D Bray, Lizz Paley, Alex Hoffman, Martin James, Patrick Gompertz, Charles D A Wolfe, Harry Hemingway, Anthony G Rudd
BACKGROUND: We aimed to estimate socioeconomic disparities in the incidence of hospitalisation for first-ever stroke, quality of care, and post-stroke survival for the adult population of England. METHODS: In this cohort study, we obtained data collected by a nationwide register on patients aged 18 years or older hospitalised for first-ever acute ischaemic stroke or primary intracerebral haemorrhage in England from July 1, 2013, to March 31, 2016. We classified socioeconomic status at the level of Lower Super Output Areas using the Index of Multiple Deprivation, a neighbourhood measure of deprivation...
March 14, 2018: Lancet. Public Health
Lisette Wintgens, Aleksandr Romanov, Karen Phillips, Gabriel Ballesteros, Martin Swaans, Richard Folkeringa, Ignacio Garcia-Bolao, Evgeny Pokushalov, Lucas Boersma
Aims: Long-term freedom from atrial fibrillation (AF) after catheter ablation (CA) and consequently the potential for stroke reduction remain unpredictable. Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) is an effective mechanical alternative to oral anticoagulation (OAC) for stroke prevention in AF patients. This study aims to evaluate long-term clinical results of combined CA and LAAC in one single procedure. Methods and results: Patients with non-valvular AF who underwent combined CA and LAAC procedure were included in the retrospective compilation of independent prospective general LAAC registries at the individual centres...
March 13, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
R Rozemeijer, M Voskuil, J P Greving, M L Bots, P A Doevendans, P R Stella
BACKGROUND: Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) remains the cornerstone therapy in the prevention of ischaemic events following drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation. Mandatory duration of DAPT after DES however, is a matter of debate. We aimed to evaluate safety and efficacy of short-term (up to 6 months) versus long-term (12 months) DAPT after DES implantation. METHODS: We searched PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane databases, and international meetings for randomised clinical trials (RCTs) comparing short with long DAPT...
March 14, 2018: Netherlands Heart Journal
Markus Kneihsl, Christian Enzinger, Kurt Niederkorn, Gerit Wünsch, Lisa Müller, Valeriu Culea, Andreas Lueger, Franz Fazekas, Thomas Gattringer
BACKGROUND: Stroke has become a treatable condition with increasing evidence of treatment benefits in older people. However, stroke mimics in geriatric patients are especially prevalent, causing incorrect suspicion and consecutive burden to patients and emergency room resources. We therefore examined the dimension of this problem by investigating emergency room admissions from nursing homes for suspected stroke. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of all nursing home residents who were admitted to the neurological emergency room of our primary and tertiary care university hospital between 2013 and 2015...
March 14, 2018: Cerebrovascular Diseases
J S Minhas, T G Robinson
Stroke medicine has seen rapid developments in diagnosis and management, and consequently improved prognosis. Management of ischaemic stroke, in particular, has benefited from these advances. The approach to management has evolved from one of historical passivity to active intervention with time of the essence following stroke onset. The last decade has seen the comparative effectiveness of several pharmacological agents being tested, creating significant randomised controlled trial evidence to support the management of common clinical problems following acute stroke...
December 2017: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
I Indurawa, E Amis, N Hannon, K Khadjooi
Background Atrial fibrillation is a major risk factor for ischaemic stroke. We investigated whether active screening for atrial fibrillation in secondary care, followed by careful evaluation of risk factors and communication to general practitioners from stroke specialists, could increase appropriate anticoagulation prescription. Methods Between 1/9/14 and 28/2/15 all acute medical admissions were screened for atrial fibrillation at Cambridge University Hospital. Individualised letters were sent to the general practitioners of patients who it was felt would benefit from anticoagulation...
December 2017: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Zdeňka Hajšmanová, Pavla Šigutová, Alena Lavičková
Idarucizumab is designed to reverse the anticoagulant effect of dabigatran. This case report describes the administration of three independent doses of idarucizumab to a 76-year-old man suffering from atrial flutter being treated with dabigatran to prevent ischaemic stroke. The last dose of dabigatran was administered in the morning of the same day the patient was transferred to hospital because of the need for urgent pericardium puncture. Baseline dTT (dilute thrombin time) reached 700 ng/mL as glomerular filtration (GF) dropped to 0...
February 2018: Hämostaseologie
Feina Shi, Zhicai Chen, Xiaoxian Gong, Meixia Zhang, David S Liebeskind, Min Lou
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the value of multi-segment clot (MSC) sign on dynamic CT angiography (CTA) in predicting recanalisation and outcome after reperfusion therapy in acute ischaemic stroke (AIS) with large artery occlusion (LAO). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed data of anterior circulation LAO patients from a prospectively collected database for consecutive AIS patients who underwent perfusion CT (CTP) before treatment. MSC sign was defined as the presence of multiple segments on dynamic CTA derived from CTP data...
March 13, 2018: European Radiology
Christopher C Patterson, Stefan Blankenberg, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Luke Heslop, Anthony Bayer, Gordon Lowe, Tanja Zeller, John Gallacher, Ian Young, John W G Yarnell
Objective: To examine the long-term predictive value of 28 biomarkers for subsequent non-ischaemic congestive heart failure (CHF) and separately for other cardiovascular outcomes (myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke). Methods: The Caerphilly Prospective Study recruited 2171 men aged 55-69 years from the general population in 1989-1993; men were screened for evidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and followed for clinical cardiovascular events. Fasting blood samples were stored at -70°C until assayed for novel biomarkers in 2010-2013...
2018: Open Heart
Yu Mao, Qiuyue Kong, Rongrong Li, Xiaojin Zhang, Yali Gui, Yuehua Li, Chuanfu Li, Yanlin Zhao, Li Liu, Zhengnian Ding
Heat shock protein A12A (HSPA12A) is a newly discovered member of the Hsp70 family. The biological characteristics and functional roles of HSPA12A are poorly understood. This study investigated the effects of HSPA12A on ischaemic stroke in mice. Ischaemic stroke was induced by left middle cerebral artery occlusion for 1 h followed by blood reperfusion. We observed that HSPA12A was highly expressed in brain neurons, and neuronal HSPA12A expression was downregulated by ischaemic stroke and stroke-associated risk factors (aging, obesity and hyperglycaemia)...
March 9, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Annemarei Ranta, Mark Weatherall, John Gommans, Murray Tilyard, Des Odea, Susan Dovey
AIMS Many transient ischaemic attack (TIA) patients receive initial assessments by general practitioners (GPs). In a randomised controlled trial (RCT) we showed that BPAC Inc. TIA/stroke electronic decision support (EDS) for GPs improves patient outcomes and guideline adherence. This secondary analysis assesses the impact of trial associated enhanced GP access to radiological investigation. METHODS Post-hoc analysis of a multi-centre, single blind, parallel group, cluster RCT comparing TIA/stroke EDS guided GP management with usual care to assess whether imaging requests and their appropriateness differed between study groups...
June 2017: Journal of Primary Health Care
Priyanka Bose, Andrew Wilson, Amit Mistri
INTRODUCTION Many patients who suffer a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) present to their general practitioner (GP). Early identification and treatment reduces the risk of subsequent stroke, disability and mortality. AIM To review the accuracy of TIA diagnosis in primary care, immediate management and interventions to assist GPs with the condition. METHODS This study included the search of Medline, Embase, Web of Science and Scopus databases (1995-2015). Relevant titles and abstracts were obtained using structured criteria (diagnosis, immediate management or intervention of TIAs in primary care), with full review and data extraction for eligible publications...
June 2017: Journal of Primary Health Care
Yu-Fang Wang, Jiao-Xing Li, Xun-Sha Sun, Rong Lai, Wen-Li Sheng
Objective We aimed to evaluate the association between serum uric acid levels at the onset and prognostic outcome in patients with acute ischaemic stroke. Methods We retrospectively analysed the outcomes of 1166 patients with ischaemic stroke who were hospitalized in our centre during August 2008 to November 2012. Correlations of serum uric acid levels and prognostic outcomes were analysed. Results Men had higher serum uric acid levels and better neurological functional outcomes compared with women. There was a strong negative correlation between serum uric acid levels and unfavourable neurological functional outcomes...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
F H Cabrera Naranjo, P Saavedra Santana, A González Hernández, O Fabre Pi, M Sosa-Henríquez
INTRODUCTION: Recent studies on uric acid as a biomarker for the prognosis of acute stroke have found conflicting results. METHODS: We collected blood samples from 600 consecutively admitted patients at our tertiary hospital and analysed the relationship between uric acid levels and functional prognosis (measured using the modified Rankin Scale [mRS]). Patients who had received reperfusion therapy were excluded since this may have influenced uric acid levels. RESULTS: A total of 73% of patients had mRS scores ≤2; the mean uric acid level was 5...
March 8, 2018: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
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