HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Study: ER could be front line for stroke prevention

ANN ARBOR, MI The emergency room may be a prime location for stroke prevention, as well as stroke treatment, a new study finds.

That's because patients with a high stroke risk due to heart rhythm problems are likely to turn up at the ER for symptoms of their irregular heartbeat, giving doctors a chance to make sure they're on the best drugs to prevent a stroke.

The study's results show that ER patients on the whole are 20 percent more likely than the general population to have the heart rhythm irregularity called atrial fibrillation, which significantly raises the risk of stroke.

But only 55 percent of the AF patients seen in the ER who could be taking the best available medication to prevent strokes actually are taking that drug. The study's authors say the ER could be a good place to identify AF patients who aren't getting the best preventive therapy they can get, and to help steer them to better treatment.

The study, published in the November issue of Stroke, was conducted at three hospitals, and led by a researcher from the University of Michigan Health System.

"The scope of the problem is extraordinarily large," says lead author Phillip A. Scott, M.D., an assistant professor of emergency medicine at UMHS and member of the UMHS Stroke Program. "The ER is potentially an efficient place to identify untreated and under-treated atrial fibrillation patients, to inform them of their stroke risk, and to treat them or refer them for treatment."

AF can cause blood to pool and clot in the heart's upper chambers, leading to a stroke when clots leave the heart and travel to the brain. About 15 percent of the nation's strokes occur among the 2 million Americans with AF, who often have other cardiovascular diseases like clogged arteries, high blood pressure, or heart failure.

The idea of using ER visits for preventive care is a relatively new one, Scott says, but research at UMHS and elsewhere has shown that such vi
'"/>

Contact: Kara Gavin
kegavin@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
31-Oct-2002


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. Study: Two brain systems regulate how we call for help
2. Study: Eye contact triggers threat signals in autistic childrens brains
3. Study: Young adults can be motivated to eat fruits, veggies
4. Study: Physical activity in middle age cuts risk of early death
5. Study: Brain battles itself over short-term rewards, long-term goals
6. Study: Dementia often undiagnosed in clinical settings
7. Study: Too few doctors ask teens about smoking
8. Study: Low-carb diet more effective than low-fat diet
9. Study: Many men take dietary supplements to prevent prostate cancer
10. Study: Height loss screen ultimately could reduce hip fractures
11. Study: New neurons can get out of spinal cord

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Study could front line for stroke prevention

(Date:4/18/2014)... Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) recently received a ... metastatic breast cancer reduces both the growth of primary ... have found in models of the disease that blocking ... percent and can keep the tumor from metastasizing or ... comes from the National Cancer Institute of the National ...
(Date:4/18/2014)... in French . ... and regenerative medicine. A team led by Ludwik Leibler ... Tech) and Didier Letourneur from the Laboratoire Recherche Vasculaire ... demonstrated that the principle of adhesion by aqueous solutions ... soft-tissue organs and tissues. This easy-to-use gluing method has ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... inflammation in non-cancerous prostate tissue may have nearly twice ... with no inflammation, according to results of a new ... Cancer Center. , The link between persistent inflammation and ... prostate cancer those with a Gleason score between ... most aggressive and rapidly growing prostate cancers. , "What ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... of the most popular vaccine brands for children may ... be overlooking some cost factors when choosing vaccines, driving ... option, according to a new study by University of ... can be driven by numerous factors," says Sheldon H. ... of computer science and of mathematics at the U. ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report ... suffered a recent major loss are more likely to ... The study is published in this month,s issue of ... Because compassionate behaviors are associated with better health and ... into ways to improve the outcomes of individuals whose ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Benaroya Research Institute evaluates immunology approach to blocking breast cancer 2Health News:Innovative strategy to facilitate organ repair 2Health News:Innovative strategy to facilitate organ repair 3Health News:Chronic inflammation linked to 'high-grade' prostate cancer 2Health News:Chronic inflammation linked to 'high-grade' prostate cancer 3Health News:Study recalculates costs of combination vaccines 2Health News:The ilk of human kindness 2
(Date:1/15/2014)... 2014  Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX ... period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 ... by its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Sapphire Subsidiary Corp. ("Purchaser"), ... of Solta Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLTM ) ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... 14, 2014 HeartWare International, Inc . (NASDAQ: ... invasive, miniaturized circulatory support technologies that are revolutionizing the ... expects revenues for the fourth quarter of 2013 will ... to approximately $208 million. "Our full-year revenue ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Acumed,s new SLIC Screw System ... accompanying instrumentation to place and insert the screw accurately ... tissue (e.g. ligament) repair or reconstruction as it holds ... (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140114/MN45636 ) The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Valeant Pharmaceuticals Announces Receipt Of Antitrust Clearance For Its Previously Announced Acquisition Of Solta Medical, Inc. 2Valeant Pharmaceuticals Announces Receipt Of Antitrust Clearance For Its Previously Announced Acquisition Of Solta Medical, Inc. 3HeartWare International Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter 2013 Revenues 2HeartWare International Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter 2013 Revenues 3HeartWare International Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter 2013 Revenues 4Acumed introduces the Scapho-Lunate Inter Carpal (SLIC) Screw System 2Acumed introduces the Scapho-Lunate Inter Carpal (SLIC) Screw System 3
Cached News: