Stroke Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 11 Issue 4

April 19, 2019
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Racial Variation in Stroke Risk Among Women by Stroke Risk Factors

April 19, 2019

Source: Stroke

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In a Nutshell:
Background and Purpose—
In the United States, black Americans exhibit a greater risk of stroke and burden of stroke risk factors than whites; however, it is unclear whether these stroke risk factors influence stroke risk differently across racial groups.

Conclusions—
There was a moderately greater risk of total stroke among black compared with white women; however, racial disparities were greatest among women aged 50 to <60 years. Interventions targeted at younger black women may provide the greatest benefit in reducing disparities.
Article type: Research
Published: 01/04/2019


Conventional and genetic evidence on alcohol and vascular disease aetiology: a prospective study of 500 000 men and women in China

April 19, 2019

Source: The Lancet

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Background Moderate alcohol intake has been associated with reduced cardiovascular risk in many studies, in comparison with abstinence or with heavier drinking. Studies in east Asia can help determine whether these associations are causal, since two common genetic variants greatly affect alcohol drinking patterns. We used these two variants to assess the relationships between cardiovascular risk and genotype-predicted mean alcohol intake in men, contrasting the findings in men with those in women (few of whom drink).
Article type: Research
Published: 04/04/2019

 

 


Device shown to reduce risk of VTE in stroke patients

April 19, 2019

Source: Med-Tech Innovation

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In a Nutshell:
A specific type of neuromuscular electrostimulation technology has been clinically proven to reduce the incidence of potentially fatal blood clots, or venous thromboembolism (VTE), in patients recovering from stroke.
A team from The Royal Stoke Hospital conducted a clinical audit of 1,000 patients admitted to the hospital’s acute stroke unit and found that increasing blood flow in patients with restricted mobility, using a NICE recommended device, known as the geko, prevented VTE incidence in those unable to be prescribed standard of care intervention.
Article type: News
Date Published: 26/03/2019


The case for reshaping stroke care is ‘simply overwhelming’

April 19, 2019

Source: The Impartial Reporter

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In a Nutshell:
Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride sets out the thinking behind the Department of Health’s public consultation on reforming stroke services

Imagine that the future of stroke services was in your hands.

What questions would you ask?

Does the expert evidence indicate reform is vitally needed? Yes – and such reform will save lives and significantly reduce disability.

Does everyone across NI have access to the best care when they need it? No.

Are stroke charities urging us to make changes? Yes, and strongly so.

Are current standards of care consistently meeting national standards? Sadly, they are not.
Article Type: News
Date published: 16/04/2019


Atrial Fibrillation Strategy Launch for NENC: Reducing AF Related Strokes

April 19, 2019

Source: Academic Health Science Network North East and North Cumbria

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In a Nutshell:
On the 16th May we are launching the AHSN NENC Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Strategy for the NENC. Discover what has been done to date regarding reduction of AF-related strokes and what is planned for the future. There is strong evidence that those with untreated AF or sub-optimally managed AF, an irregular heart rhythm condition, are at substantially higher risk of developing a stroke and that the outcome of an AF-related stroke is substantially worse than that of the general stroke population. It is estimated that 2.4% of the population in England have AF, without treatment 1 in 20 patients will have a stroke. By attending the event you will:
learn about the AF Strategy for NENC
learn about new and exciting projects designed to reduce AF-related strokes and hear about the key factors that drive successful change
understand barriers and lessons learned from implementation, helping you to avoid pitfalls in the future
learn more about what resources are available to support your work to reduce AF-related stroke.

The afternoon session is led by an external speaker, Philip Jones, who is an experienced, knowledgeable and energetic consultant, facilitator and coach. You will learn tools and techniques to help implement the AF Strategy with a dynamic and interactive session, “Principles to Practice,” focusing on the change management implications of AF work.

All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.

 

Article Type: News
Date Published: April 2019

 

 


A new direction for stroke treatment

April 19, 2019

Source: New Statesman

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In a Nutshell:
Mechanical thrombectomy in the UK

Stryker and the New Statesman hosted an event in Westminster to analyse the challenges and opportunities associated with stroke treatment across the UK
Article Type: News
Date Published: 05/04/2019