Navigation Links
New Stroke Tool May Predict Early Recurrence
Date:12/16/2009

Averting second, possibly deadly, attack is long-term goal, researchers say

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have developed a tool to predict whether a patient will suffer a second stroke within 90 days of a first stroke.

"This is an important new tool because studies have shown that people who have a second stroke soon after a first stroke are more likely to die or have severe disability," Dr. Hakan Ay, of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, said in an American Academy of Neurology news release. "This tool can help doctors identify people who are at high risk of having another stroke and need immediate evaluation based on information typically available at the time of initial evaluation."

The tool -- called the Recurrence Risk Estimator at 90 Days score -- uses brain scan results and a number of stroke risk factors to calculate a person's chances of having another stroke within three months. The risk factors include history of transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke), age and type of first stroke. The higher a patient's score, the greater their risk for a second stroke.

In a study of 1,458 ischemic stroke patients, Ay and colleagues found that those with four or more risk factors were about 40 times more likely to suffer a second stroke than those with no risk factors. The study also found that more than 96 percent of patients who had a second stroke showed signs of one or more risk factors.

Surprisingly, long-term predictors of stroke -- such as smoking, diabetes and hypertension -- didn't predict short-term risk.

"We currently don't have a well-developed tool for predicting short-term risk of early recurrent stroke, so this tool could help improve stroke care and outcome," Ay said. "For example, people at high risk of a second stroke can be immediately admitted to specialized stroke centers and given preventive treatment."

The tool's accuracy still needs to be confirmed before it can be made available for general use, Ay said. The tool is described in an article published online Dec. 16 in the journal Neurology.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about stroke.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Academy of Neurology, news release, Dec. 16, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. New Tailwind Device Improves Arm Function in Stroke Survivors with Paralysis
2. Boosting Kids Stroke IQ May Save Lives
3. Antidepressants May Raise Womens Stroke Risk
4. Many Stroke Survivors Dont Take Lifesaving Meds
5. New Health Report Exposes Imminent Risk of a Stroke Crisis in Europe
6. Are stroke survivors taking their medicine?
7. Huntington Hospital Earns Designation as Primary Stroke Center
8. Birth in South Raises Stroke Risk for Life
9. High salt intake linked to strokes and cardiovascular disease
10. Ginkgo Wont Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
11. Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Diagnotes, a leader in digital healthcare communications, ... system in South Carolina, to provide its secure mobile communication platform. , “Healthcare ... drives workflow efficiencies and improves provider and patient satisfaction,” said Dr. Todd Rowland, ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Each year, about 800,000 people suffer from cerebral ... United States and account for one death every four minutes. Many people who ... HCR ManorCare is launching a video series called “Your Brain,” in conjunction with its ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... industry, announced today that Legacy Health is expanding its use of Intrigma’s cloud-based ... a highly successful initial proof of concept. The Portland, Oregon based health system ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... 03, 2016 , ... Huntington Beach orthopedic doctor , Dr. Rick Pospisil, ... be used to diagnose and treat joint problems. During this procedure, Dr. Pospisil makes ... special lighting system and lens that illuminate and magnify the various structures in the ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Finding the right way to address a patient’s condition before it ... now getting on board. , “You do the right thing, at the right time, at ... down, not up,” said Leonard M. Fromer, MD, FAAFP, from Group Practice Forum. “Even if ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)... 28, 2016  While Abbott,s announced purchase of ... valve repair and stent business, healthcare research firm ... more firmly into patient monitoring.  Kalorama said that ... device areas, with double-digit growth expected the next ... Advanced Remote Patient Monitoring . Abbott Laboratories ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... 2016  Marking its one year anniversary since ... cancer risk test, Color Genomics announced ... highly impact the most common hereditary cancers affecting ... Test analyzes hereditary cancer risks for breast, colorectal, ... The Color Test is physician ordered and includes ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... , April 28, 2016  The blood testing ... million dollars, according to Kalorama Information and The Freedonia ... immunoassays and nucleic acid testing.  The healthcare research firm ... progress in developing blood collection stations and in improving ... in Kalorama Information,s report, Blood Testing Market ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: