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Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme October 2015

Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme October 2015

The tenth report from the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) today reveals that 14 stroke services scored an overall ‘A’ grade for the quality of care they provide for patients. This demonstrates that a world-class service in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is achievable. The report published today relates to patients admitted between April […]






Long term Statin treatment

Long term Statin treatment

Practicing evidence based medicine means that you initiate statin treatment for the patients with cardiovascular diseases or TIA/Stroke if the level of the total cholesterol is >3.5 mmol/L. The clinical question arise all the time about the duration of the treatment with statin itself and if there is any side effect of this treatment. We […]






How to prevent 1 million strokes in 5 years?

How to prevent 1 million strokes in 5 years?

The US Department of Health and Human Services is palnning to prevent 1 millioon heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The focus of the new startegy is on the ( ABCS) or the aspirin, blood pressure, choelsterol and smoking. The epidemiological studies showed that currently only 46% of people in the USA at increased risk of […]






Augmentation of collateral circulation to the brain:potential therapy for stroke

Augmentation of collateral circulation to the brain:potential therapy for stroke

In the October issue of the “Lancet Neurology”, Suhaib A et al discussed the potential benefit of augmenting or maintaining the cerebral collateral circulation in case of ischaemic stroke. The article which was published on line today mentioned that “Imaging of the brain and vessels has shown that collateral flow can sustain brain tissue for […]






Acute Stroke care team in Wales Awarded

Acute Stroke care team in Wales Awarded

The acute stroke care team in Aneurin Bevan Health Board in Wales, UK was awarded the prestigious Chief Executive Award in a very well organised ceremony in Gwent, South Wales. The team was awarded for the good progress that was achieved in Gwent stroke service. The daily TIA clinic in Newport City has managed to […]






Preventing stroke in intracranial stenotic arteries patients

Preventing stroke in intracranial stenotic arteries patients

So far using the aggressive medical treatment to prevent recurrent stroke after atherosclerotic intracranial arterial stenosis, is the best approach to deal with the condition which is causing the ischaemic stroke. In this week New England Journal Of Medicine, a study was published comparing  percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and stenting (PTAS) with the aggressive medical treatment […]






20th European Stroke Conference 2011

20th European Stroke Conference 2011

For a busy three days of 24-27th May 2011, the 20th European stroke conference discussed hundreds of research papers and stroke Trials from almost 3000 delegates worldwide. Professor Hennerici, the Chairman of the European stroke conference mentioned in his press conference on 24th May 2011 that the organisers received 1300 abstracts from 64 countries. He […]






EU funds new trial about stroke during sleep

EU funds new trial about stroke during sleep

The news from the 20th European stroke conference which is due to be open today in Hamburg, Germany is that the European Union has agreed to fund a new study about stroke during sleep. The objective of the WAKE-UP project is to provide expanded treatment options for acute stroke improving the outcome of stroke patients, […]






Tool to assess the quality of stroke care in Europe

Tool to assess the quality of stroke care in Europe

The available care pathways, guidelines and protocols for stroke care make one thinks that there is almost a unity between the European centres in providing the expected level of stroke care in primary or secondary care setup. But the reality is different. Wellwood I. et al in his recent article published in May issue of […]






Red meat consumption and the risk of stroke in women

Red meat consumption and the risk of stroke in women

The focus in medical research on the role of diet in preventing cardiovascular diseases and stroke is always welcome. There are few studies recently addressing the subject of consuming red meat and the relation to stroke. This recent study from Sweden is focusing on the consumption of the red meat in Swedish women and the […]