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Fewer than one-third of hospital staff members accurately identified the percentage of patients who received intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) within 60 minutes of arriving at the institutions, according to an analysis of a national stroke registry. Personnel at low-performing hospitals tended to overestimate their performance in stroke care compared with other hospitals.

 

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Hospital personnel often overestimate facility performance in delivering stroke care

Fewer than one-third of hospital staff members accurately identified the percentage of patients who received intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) within 60 minutes of arriving at the institutions, according to an analysis of a national stroke registry. Personnel at low-performing hospitals tended to overestimate their performance in stroke care compared with other hospitals.

Endovascular-first treatment strategy improves outcomes after ruptured AAA

Patients with a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) who underwent an endovascular-first treatment strategy at Stanford University Medical Center had reductions in perioperative morbidity and mortality and improvements in long-term survival compared with those who had an open repair.

Lower executive function is associated with stroke and CHD risk

Older adults without dementia who had lower executive function had a higher risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, according to an analysis of a prospective, randomized controlled trial.

Benefits don't last when discontinuing warfarin after pulmonary embolism

If patients who experience pulmonary embolism take warfarin for two years, their risk of blood clots and major bleeding are significantly reduced. However, if they stop treatment, the benefits do not last, according to a French multicenter, randomized, double-blind study published this month in JAMA.

Stroke survivors experience long-term cognitive decline

A prospective cohort study found stroke survivors who were at least 45 years old had persistent declines in long-term cognitive functioning over a median follow-up period of more than six years. None of the participants had cognitive impairment at baseline.

Tracking rapid response for stroke, TIA in children

In 40 percent of the cases when an emergency department (ED) physician at a pediatric hospital activated a stroke alert, the child ended up having a stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA) or another neurological emergency, according to an analysis at one medical center. 

Racial, gender differences exist in AF care

Outpatient care for atrial fibrillation differs based on race and gender, according to an analysis of Medicare patients who were diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in 2010 and 2011. Females were less likely than males to visit an electrophysiology specialist, receive an oral anticoagulant prescription or undergo catheter ablation.

Women experiencing trauma, PTSD are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease

Women who are exposed to trauma or have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a 20-year observational analysis of female nurses in the U.S.

Stroke update recommends use of stent retrievers

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA) added the use of stent retrieval devices for treating some patients with acute ischemic stroke in updated guidelines published online June 29. The gold standard remains intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) for breaking up clots.

Drug-coated balloons rise above standard balloons for 1-year patency

Treating patients with peripheral artery disease using drug-coated balloons proved superior to standard balloons for efficacy, at least one year out, in the LEVANT 2 randomized trial. Both approaches provided similar safety profiles.

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