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Ischemic stroke randomized

V Bhatia, V Gupta, D Khurana, R R Sharma, N Khandelwal
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Stroke is a debilitating illness for which treatment window is limited. Most patients present to the healthcare facility beyond that window. Autologous stem cells have shown some promise for this group of patients. This study was performed to evaluate the safety and the efficacy of intra-arterial infusion of bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells in patients with middle cerebral artery ischemic stroke. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective, randomized, open-label, blinded-end point study was performed from July 2015 to June 2016...
March 15, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Pil Hyung Lee, Jae-Kwan Song, Jong S Kim, Ran Heo, Sahmin Lee, Dae-Hee Kim, Jong-Min Song, Duk-Hyun Kang, Sun U Kwon, Dong-Wha Kang, Dongwhane Lee, Hyuk Sung Kwon, Sung-Cheol Yun, Byung Joo Sun, Jae-Hyeong Park, Jae-Hwan Lee, Hye Seon Jeong, Hee-Jung Song, Jei Kim, Seung-Jung Park
BACKGROUND: Recent reports showing the favorable role of patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure in patients with cryptogenic stroke have raised the issue of selecting optimal candidates. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated whether the benefits of PFO closure can be determined based on the morphologic characteristics of the PFO, as evaluated by transesophageal echocardiography. METHODS: Patients with cryptogenic stroke and high-risk PFO were divided between a transcatheter PFO closure and a medication-only group...
February 28, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Francesca Maria Notarangelo, Giuseppe Maglietta, Paola Bevilacqua, Marco Cereda, Piera Angelica Merlini, Giovanni Quinto Villani, Paolo Moruzzi, Giampiero Patrizi, Guidantonio Malagoli Tagliazucchi, Antonio Crocamo, Angela Guidorossi, Filippo Pigazzani, Elisa Nicosia, Giorgia Paoli, Marco Bianchessi, Mario Angelo Comelli, Caterina Caminiti, Diego Ardissino
BACKGROUND: Clopidogrel is still frequently used in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS), but its efficacy is hampered by interpatient response variability, due to genetic polymorphisms associated with clopidogrel metabolism. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether selecting antiplatelet therapy (clopidogrel, prasugrel or ticagrelor) on the basis of a patient's genetic and clinical characteristics leads to better clinical outcomes in comparison with the standard of care, which bases the selection on clinical characteristics alone METHODS: Patients hospitalised for ACS were randomly assigned to standard of care or pharmacogenomic arm, which included the genotyping of ABCB1, CYP2C19*2, CYP2C19*17 using an ST Q3 system that provide the data within 70 minutes at each patient's bedside...
February 24, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Fred Stephen Sarfo, Osei Sarfo-Kantanka, Sheila Adamu, Vida Obese, Jennifer Voeks, Raelle Tagge, Vipin Sethi, Bruce Ovbiagele
BACKGROUND: There is an unprecedented rise in the prevalence of stroke in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Secondary prevention guidelines recommend that antihypertensive, statin and antiplatelet therapy be initiated promptly after ischemic stroke and adhered to in a persistent fashion to achieve optimal vascular-risk reduction. However, these goals are seldom realized in routine clinical care settings in SSA due to logistical challenges. We seek to assess whether a polypill containing fixed doses of three antihypertensive agents, a statin and antiplatelet therapy taken once daily per os for 12 months among recent stroke survivors would result in carotid intimal thickness regression compared with usual care (UC)...
March 14, 2018: Trials
Marius Georg Kaschner, Julian Caspers, Christian Rubbert, Raul Lande, Bastian Kraus, John-Ih Lee, Michael Gliem, Sebastian Jander, Bernd Turowski
Introduction While effectiveness of mechanical thrombectomy (MTE) in M1 segment occlusion is approved for patients with severe impairment, there is a lack of evidence for a potential benefit of MTE in patients with minor to moderate symptoms. The purpose of this study was to evaluate neurological outcome and occurrence of periprocedural complications after MTE in patients with low National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) scores. Materials and methods A retrospective analysis of 1081 consecutive patients with anterior circulation ischemic stroke due to M1 occlusion detected by computed tomography angiography and treated with MTE at our hospital between February 2012 and November 2017 was performed...
January 1, 2018: Interventional Neuroradiology
L Wessels, N Hecht, P Vajkoczy
Since the introduction of cerebral bypass surgery by Professor Yasargil in 1967, a plethora of literature has been published on direct cerebral revascularization. Against this background, it is remarkable that at present, only three randomized controlled trials (RCTs) exist in the field, both dealing with extracranial to intracranial bypass surgery for flow augmentation in patients at risk to suffer ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke due to cerebrovascular disease. Next to flow augmentation, the other main indication for bypass surgery is to provide flow replacement following proximal vessel sacrifice for treatment of complex aneurysms or skull base tumors...
March 13, 2018: Neurosurgical Review
George Hindy, Gunnar Engström, Susanna C Larsson, Matthew Traylor, Hugh S Markus, Olle Melander, Marju Orho-Melander
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Statin therapy is associated with a lower risk of ischemic stroke supporting a causal role of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. However, more evidence is needed to answer the question whether LDL cholesterol plays a causal role in ischemic stroke subtypes. In addition, it is unknown whether high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides have a causal relationship to ischemic stroke and its subtypes. Our aim was to investigate the causal role of LDL cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglycerides in ischemic stroke and its subtypes through Mendelian randomization (MR)...
March 13, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Raffaele Ornello, Diana Degan, Cindy Tiseo, Caterina Di Carmine, Laura Perciballi, Francesca Pistoia, Antonio Carolei, Simona Sacco
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Preventive strategies, together with demographic and socioeconomic changes, might have modified the worldwide distribution of ischemic stroke (IS) subtypes. We investigated those changes by means of a systematic review and meta-analysis. METHODS: We evaluated all population- and hospital-based studies reporting the distribution of IS etiologic subtypes according to the TOAST criteria (Trial of ORG 10172 in Acute Stroke Treatment). Studies were identified by searching articles indexed on PubMed and Scopus from January 1, 1993, to June 30, 2017...
March 13, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Simone A Dijkland, Daphne C Voormolen, Esmee Venema, Bob Roozenbeek, Suzanne Polinder, Juanita A Haagsma, Daan Nieboer, Vicky Chalos, Albert J Yoo, Jennifer Schreuders, Aad van der Lugt, Charles B L M Majoie, Yvo B W E M Roos, Wim H van Zwam, Robert J van Oostenbrugge, Ewout W Steyerberg, Diederik W J Dippel, Hester F Lingsma
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The utility-weighted modified Rankin Scale (UW-mRS) has been proposed as a new patient-centered primary outcome in stroke trials. We aimed to describe utility weights for the mRS health states and to evaluate the statistical efficiency of the UW-mRS to detect treatment effects in stroke intervention trials. METHODS: We used data of the 500 patients enrolled in the MR CLEAN (Multicenter Randomized Clinical Trial of Endovascular Treatment for Acute Ischemic Stroke in the Netherlands)...
March 13, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Lars O Karlsson, Staffan Nilsson, Magnus Bång, Lennart Nilsson, Emmanouil Charitakis, Magnus Janzon
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with substantial morbidity, in particular stroke. Despite good evidence for the reduction of stroke risk with anticoagulant therapy, there remains significant undertreatment. The main aim of the current study was to investigate whether a clinical decision support tool (CDS) for stroke prevention integrated in the electronic health record could improve adherence to guidelines for stroke prevention in patients with AF. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We conducted a cluster-randomized trial where all 43 primary care clinics in the county of Östergötland, Sweden (population 444,347), were randomized to be part of the CDS intervention or to serve as controls...
March 2018: PLoS Medicine
Jian Guo, Tianjia Guan, Ying Shen, Baohua Chao, Mei Li, Longde Wang, Yuanli Liu
BACKGROUND: The lifestyle interventions are effective preventive measures for stroke in general population, and the stroke risk with lifestyle factors may be modified by gender, health conditions, etc. Therefore, we conducted a case-control study to investigate the gender-specific association between stroke risk and lifestyle factors in adults with diabetes based on the China National Stroke Screening Survey. METHODS: Structured questionnaires were used to collect demographic data and information regarding lifestyle factors, history of chronic medical conditions, and family history of stroke and the status of treatment...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Toshihiro Ueda, Tatsuro Takada, Shinji Nogoshi, Tomohide Yoshie, Satoshi Takaishi, Takayuki Fukano
PURPOSE: A recent randomized controlled trial demonstrated that aggressive medical management was superior to angioplasty with stenting for intracranial stenosis. The purpose of this study was to assess initial and long-term outcomes of balloon angioplasty without stenting for symptomatic middle cerebral artery (MCA) stenosis. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 72 patients (mean age, 58.9 years old) with 84 balloon angioplasties without stenting for high-grade (>70%) atherosclerotic stenosis of the main trunk of the MCA...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Nobuyuki Sakai, Shinzo Ota, Yasushi Matsumoto, Rei Kondo, Tetsu Satow, Michiya Kubo, Tomoyuki Tsumoto, Yukiko Enomoto, Taketo Kataoka, Hirotoshi Imamura, Kenichi Todo, Mikito Hayakawa, Hiroshi Yamagami, Kazunori Toyoda, Yasushi Ito, Kenji Sugiu, Yuji Matsumaru, Shinichi Yoshimura
REVIVE SE (REVIVE) is a closed-ended, self-expanding stent retriever used in the RIVER JAPAN study. We present our early experience with REVIVE for revascularization of acute ischemic stroke (AIS) in patients who have failed or are ineligible for intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator treatment. This prospective, single-arm, non-randomized, multicenter registry study followed up patients undergoing mechanical thrombectomy with REVIVE for 90 days. The primary endpoint was a post-procedure Thrombolysis in Cerebral Infarction (TICI) score ≥2a...
March 9, 2018: Neurologia Medico-chirurgica
Scott E Kasner, Pablo Lavados, Mukul Sharma, Yongjun Wang, Yilong Wang, Antoni Dávalos, Nikolay Shamalov, Luis Cunha, Arne Lindgren, Robert Mikulik, Antonio Arauz, Wilfried Lang, Anna Czlonkowska, Jens Eckstein, Rubens Gagliardi, Pierre Amarenco, Sebastián F Ameriso, Turgut Tatlisumak, Roland Veltkamp, Graeme J Hankey, Danilo S Toni, Daniel Bereczki, Shinichiro Uchiyama, George Ntaios, Byung-Woo Yoon, Raf Brouns, M M DeVries Basson, Matthias Endres, Keith Muir, Natan Bornstein, Serefnur Ozturk, Martin O'Donnell, Hardi Mundl, Calin Pater, Jeffrey Weitz, W Frank Peacock, Balakumar Swaminathan, Bodo Kirsch, Scott D Berkowitz, Gary Peters, Guillaume Pare, Ellison Themeles, Ashkan Shoamanesh, Stuart J Connolly, Robert G Hart
BACKGROUND: The New Approach Rivaroxaban Inhibition of Factor Xa in a Global Trial vs. ASA to Prevent Embolism in Embolic Stroke of Undetermined Source (NAVIGATE-ESUS) trial is a randomized phase-III trial comparing rivaroxaban versus aspirin in patients with recent ESUS. AIMS: We aimed to describe the baseline characteristics of this large ESUS cohort to explore relationships among key subgroups. METHODS: We enrolled 7213 patients at 459 sites in 31 countries...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Mitchell P Wilson, Mohammad H Murad, Timo Krings, Vitor M Pereira, Cian O'Kelly, Jeremy Rempel, Christopher A Hilditch, Waleed Brinjikji
BACKGROUND: Optimal technical approaches of large-vessel anterior circulation acute ischemic strokes with concomitant extracranial internal carotid artery tandem occlusions is controversial. PURPOSE: This systematic review and meta-analysis evaluates: the overall outcomes of patients with tandem occlusions treated with second-generation mechanical thrombectomy devices; differences in outcomes of extracranial versus intracranial first approaches; and differences in outcomes of extracranial stenting at time of procedure versus angioplasty alone...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
Nampet Jampathong, Malinee Laopaiboon, Siwanon Rattanakanokchai, Porjai Pattanittum
BACKGROUND: Prognostic models have been increasingly developed to predict complete recovery in ischemic stroke. However, questions arise about the performance characteristics of these models. The aim of this study was to systematically review and synthesize performance of existing prognostic models for complete recovery in ischemic stroke. METHODS: We searched journal publications indexed in PUBMED, SCOPUS, CENTRAL, ISI Web of Science and OVID MEDLINE from inception until 4 December, 2017, for studies designed to develop and/or validate prognostic models for predicting complete recovery in ischemic stroke patients...
March 9, 2018: BMC Neurology
Lori C Jordan, Dionna O Roberts Williams, Mark J Rodeghier, Brittany Covert, Maria R Ponisio, James F Casella, Robert C McKinstry, Michael J Noetzel, Fenella J Kirkham, Emily R Meier, Beng Fuh, Melissa McNaull, Sharada Sarnaik, Suvankar Majumdar, Timothy L McCavit, Michael R DeBaun
In a prospective cohort study, we tested the hypothesis that children with sickle cell anemia (SCA) with normal transcranial Doppler ultrasound (TCD) velocities and without silent cerebral infarcts (SCIs) would have a lower incidence rate of new neurological events (strokes, seizures or transient ischemic attacks) compared to children with normal TCD measurements and SCIs, not receiving regular blood transfusions. Non-randomized participants from the Silent Cerebral Infarct Transfusion (SIT) Trial who had screening magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain and normal TCD measurements were included...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Hematology
Maximiliano A Hawkes, Alejandro A Rabinstein
Background: We summarize the existing evidence on the potential benefit of oral anticoagulation (OAC) in intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) survivors with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). Methods: Systematic review of the literature to address the following issues: (1) prevalence of NVAF in ICH survivors, (2) current prescription of OAC, (3) factors associated with resumption of OAC, (4) risk of ischemic stroke (IS) and recurrent ICH, and (5) ideal timing for restarting OAC in ICH survivors with NVAF...
February 2018: Neurology. Clinical Practice
Jonathan T Caranfa, Elaine Nguyen, Rafay Ali, Iregi Francis, Albert Zichichi, Elliott Bosco, Craig I Coleman, William L Baker, Christine G Kohn
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have compared mechanical endovascular therapy (MET) in addition to intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IVtPA) to IVtPA alone for the management of acute ischemic stroke (AIS). Direct comparative studies between individual METs are not available. In lieu of head-to-head randomized control trials, we performed an adjusted indirect treatment comparison (ITC) meta-analysis to assess the comparative efficacy and safety of different METs, Solitaire+IVtPA and Penumbra+IVtPA in AIS patients...
2018: PloS One
Xuemei Zhang, Yinglian Zhou, Hulun Li, Rui Wang, Dan Yang, Bing Li, Jin Fu
Dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) are considered as an ideal stem cell source for the treatment of neurological diseases. In this study, we evaluated the therapeutic potency of DPSCs and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in focal cerebral ischemia using animal models. Following middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO), rats were randomized into four groups: the BDNF, DPSCs, DPSCs+BDNF and the controls injected with saline. DPSCs were transplanted and BDNF was injected into the DPSCs+BDNF group via the tail vein...
February 28, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
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