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:12/17/2014)... -- Expectant parents should leave prenatal picture-taking to medical ... Use of ultrasound imaging and heartbeat monitors to get ... agency warns. "Although there is a lack ... and heartbeat monitors, prudent use of these devices by ... FDA biomedical engineer, said in an agency news release. ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... HealthDay Reporter , TUESDAY, Dec. 16, ... America, and work commitment is a big reason why, new ... said Dr. Mathias Basner, an assistant professor of sleep and ... of Medicine. A time-use survey of nearly 125,000 Americans, ... main activity exchanged for sleep. Short sleepers -- those who ...
(Date:12/15/2014)... 15, 2014 South Florida’s leading urgent care ... can be a daze of hassle, hustle, and bustle that ... decking halls, to burns when making special meals and heartburn ... can happen at any time. To prevent this season of ... made a list of helpful and healthful holiday tips to ...
(Date:12/15/2014)... News) -- Expert pilots process visual information more efficiently ... better decisions during landings, a new study shows. ... pilots to master, and 36 percent of all airplane ... final approach and landing. Researchers monitored the brain ... pilots while they were at the controls of a ...
(Date:12/15/2014)... 15, 2014 At the leading, long-established ... AutismOne and Focus Autism will welcome ... research on the effects of toxins to children’s health, ... information. , Luminaries such as Dr. Lucija Tomljenovic ... with esteemed, credentialed colleagues of the United States to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:FDA Warns Against Fetal 'Keepsake' Videos 2Health News:Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds 2Health News:Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds 3Health News:MD Now Urgent Care Presents Healthy Holiday Tips 2Health News:MD Now Urgent Care Presents Healthy Holiday Tips 3Health News:Study Shows Why Expert Pilots Are Experts 2Health News:AutismOne and Focus Autism Collaborate on Scientific Conference; International Group of Researchers to Present in Chicago, May 2015 2Health News:AutismOne and Focus Autism Collaborate on Scientific Conference; International Group of Researchers to Present in Chicago, May 2015 3
(Date:12/15/2014)... , Dec. 15, 2014  Colorado and ... have legalized adult use of cannabis. Oregon ... D.C. ended prohibition during the November 2014 elections. ... Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141212/164153LOGO The benefits ... noted and obvious benefits like the increased tax revenue for ...
(Date:12/15/2014)... -- The Government of Ghana has endorsed a ... and Terumo BCT to respond to the emerging Ebola crisis within ... health system capacity to the citizens of Ghana ... Readiness and Resilience Initiative (GERRI) is a multi-agency effort designed to: ... possible arrival of the Ebola epidemic , Provide new blood ...
(Date:12/13/2014)... -- Radiologists can transmit their reports, which can also ... electronic health records (EHR) systems securely, efficiently, and ... That was the message behind a presentation ... recent Radiology Society of North America Meeting (RSNA) ... this manner also helps referring physicians satisfy one ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:CannaInsider.com Estimates 200,000 New Jobs in the Cannabis Industry by 2015 2Government of Ghana Endorses Collaboration to Combat Ebola Epidemic 2Government of Ghana Endorses Collaboration to Combat Ebola Epidemic 3Government of Ghana Endorses Collaboration to Combat Ebola Epidemic 4Government of Ghana Endorses Collaboration to Combat Ebola Epidemic 5Government of Ghana Endorses Collaboration to Combat Ebola Epidemic 6Advanced Data Systems Presents on Interface-Free EHR Communications at RSNA's 2014 Conference: Streamlining Communication of Reports and Images to Referring Physicians 2Advanced Data Systems Presents on Interface-Free EHR Communications at RSNA's 2014 Conference: Streamlining Communication of Reports and Images to Referring Physicians 3
Cached News: