A new study has found hemorrhagic stroke patients treated in comprehensive stroke centers to have a higher survival rate than those treated in other hospitals. The study, which was carried out by James McKinney III, MD, of Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J., and his colleagues, was published in the online edition of the Journal of the American Heart Association.
According to MedPage Today, the researchers went through 90-days of survival data covering roughly 37,000 hemorrhagic stroke patients who had received treatment between 1996 and 2012. The data spanned 87 New Jersey hospitals. It included 14,788 patients (40%) who had been treated across 13 comprehensive stroke centers.
The results show patients with subarachnoid hemorrhages (SAH) treated at comprehensive stroke centers had a 27% reduction in death— compared with patients treated at non-comprehensive stroke centers.
Dr. McKinney explained that treatment at comprehensive stroke centers has repeatedly improved survival rates in ischemic stroke patients. However, research has not been intensified in order to examine the outcomes among patients with strokes caused by bleeding brains (which account for roughly 13 percent of all strokes).
Patrice Bendig, a blogger at The Huffington Post, shed light on coping with the ordeal as her mother survived multiple strokes and heart attacks. She indicated that she’s unsure of what the future holds for her mother, whom she loves very much. The essence of the study shows that people like Patrice’s mother stand a better chance of surviving in comprehensive stroke centers.
According to Dr. McKinney, “Comprehensive stroke centers are designed to have 24/7 access to neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, and other personnel that can provide a full spectrum of diagnostic and treatment options.”
Comprehensive stroke centers are designed to have 24/7 access to neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, and other personnel that can provide a full spectrum of diagnostic and treatment options.
The study is the largest ever conducted in the U.S. designed to assess the impact of comprehensive stroke center care on brain-bleed stroke outcomes.
In more stroke related coverage here at Immortal News, an unrelated study found that air pollution causes dementia, brain shrinkage and silent strokes.
Why do you think some patients fail to go to comprehensive stroke centers?