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scores came with a DSPA dose of 125 micrograms per kilogram of weight. That dosage will be used in the trial's third phase.

4 p.m. Abstract P10 Cheap four-minute medical tests could save billions of dollars. Three relatively simple medical tests that can be accomplished in four minutes and cost only $20 may help assess the risk of stroke in the elderly, and could help determine treatment aimed at reducing the annual number of strokes, which may have the potential for great savings in healthcare costs. A "quick scan" of the carotid arteries in the neck, electrical measurement of the heart rhythm via electrocardiogram and blood pressure measurement were studied as a cluster of tests to be used in screening for stroke risk factors in seniors, the investigator said. The study screened 2,532 seniors over age 60 in Central California and found neck artery blockages obstructing more than 50 percent of the artery in 7.5 percent (189 subjects) of those screened. Five percent (128 subjects) were found to have atrial fibrillation and 29.5 percent (746 of the seniors) had high blood pressure. An additional 3,514 seniors were screened at Madigan Army Hospital, New York University and American Vascular Association screenings with similar yields for a total of 6,046 patients. Researchers estimate that these carotid artery screenings may have prevented 30 strokes and saved $1,944,210 in stroke care costs. The investigators attempted to prevent strokes by either removing the carotid blockages by an operation called carotid endarterectomy before a stroke occurred or by treating them medically depending on the severity of the block. Researchers believe that if all 40 million Medicare recipients were to receive similar stroke prevention screening, more than 200,000 strokes and 30,000 deaths could be prevented annually, for a savings of more than $12 billion annually.

4 p.m. Abstract P66 New device detects tiny clots during carotid arter
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Contact: Carole Bullock
carole.bullock@heart.org
214-706-1279
American Heart Association
5-Feb-2004


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