Studies include stroke risk with epilepsy, genetic predisposition for ischemic stroke, and dysphagia screening in stroke patients.
New studies on stroke include the following highlights: epilepsy may be an indication of hidden cerebrovascular disease in elderly patients; a model to predict genetic predispositions may provide valuable information about an individual’s risk of ischemic stroke; and about one in 5 patients with acute ischemic stroke are not screened for documented dysphagia, putting them at risk for poorer outcomes.
Epilepsy Increases Stroke Risk. Abstract link.
For an elderly patient who has epileptic seizures, clinicians should consider the risks of stroke and attempt to control risk factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, and smoking.
Genetic Predisposition to Ischemic Stroke. Abstract link.
A statistical model can predict the genetic predispositions shared among ischemic stroke subtypes, rather than identify genetic markers specific to stroke subtypes.
The polygenic risk score may provide valuable information for individual risk assessment and management of modifiable risk factors in this era of precision medicine.
Swallow Screening Lacking in Stroke Patients. Abstract link.
Guidelines recommend screening all acute stroke patients for dysphagia, but new data show about one in 5 stroke patients do not receive swallow screening.
Early identification of dysphagia in stroke patients may avoid multiple adverse health conditions and reduce the risk of death.