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Women with atrial fibrillation, who are not on anticoagulant therapy, have a higher rate of ischemic stroke and face a higher absolute risk for stroke than do men.
MGH study finds lack of treatment in eligible patients with stroke raises risk of death and disability.
Warfarin, a drug used to help prevent certain strokes, is underused in the elderly, blacks and Hispanics.
A study from the MGH Stroke Service has found that some patients who have survived an intracerebral hemorrhage may be safely treated with aspirin to prevent future heart attacks or strokes caused by blood clots.
Folic acid fortification of enriched grain products might also be linked to a significant decrease in stroke deaths.
Heart attack patients have a 44 fold increased risk of stroke in the 30 days following the attack.
These findings indicate that chronic stroke patients may benefit from Constraint Induced therapy.
Medicare payments for ischemic stroke treatment and preventive stroke surgery are lagging behind the costs, which may imperil stroke care.
Only half of those eligible are getting the drug that helps reduce disability after stroke.
The key to getting more emergency treatment for stroke patients may lie with children who may call 911 if they see someone having a stroke.
Patients with acute stroke who arrived to the ER by ambulance were more likely to be evaluated by an ER physician sooner, get the necessary testing for stroke and be admitted to the hospital.
Between now and the year 2050, ischemic strokes in Hispanic Americans will cost an estimated $357 billion.