Sex Disparities in Ischemic Stroke Care: FL-PR CReSD Study (Florida-Puerto Rico Collaboration to Reduce Stroke Disparities) Clinical Sciences

Background and Purpose— Sex-specific disparities in stroke care including thrombolytic therapy and early hospital admission are reported. In a large registry of Florida and Puerto Rico hospitals participating in the Get With The Guidelines—Stroke program, we sought to determine sex-specific differences in ischemic stroke performance metrics and overall thrombolytic treatment. Methods— Around 51 317 (49% women) patients were included from 73 sites from 2010 to 2014. Multivariable logistic regression with generalized estimating equations evaluated sex-specific differences in the prespecified Get With The Guidelines—Stroke metrics for defect-free care in ischemic stroke, adjusting for age, race-ethnicity, insurance status, hospital characteristics, individual risk factors, and the presenting stroke severity. Results— As compared with men, women were older (73±15 versus 69±14 years; P
Source: Stroke - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Secondary Prevention, Women, Quality and Outcomes, Ischemic Stroke Clinical Sciences Source Type: research

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Source: Functional Neurology - Category: Neurology Tags: Funct Neurol Source Type: research
The prognosis of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with intravenous (IV) recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA) is poorer in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) than patients without AF, which might be related to the greater stroke severity in AF patients. Higher pre-stroke CHA2DS2-VASc scores are associated with greater stroke severity and poorer outcomes. AF Patients tend to have higher CHA2DS2-VASc scores than the non-AF patients. We thus hypothesized that pre-stroke CHA2DS2-VASc scores can be used to improve outcome stratification of IV thrombolysis therapy in acute stroke patients with and without AF....
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Observational Study Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Medical Case Reports - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: REVIEW OF THERAPEUTICS Source Type: research
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Source: International Heart Journal - Category: Cardiology Tags: Int Heart J Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing - Category: Neuroscience Tags: Case Study Source Type: research
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