Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Little-known disease has major economic impact - Giant cell arteritis

Well shit stroke is a well known disease costing $33 billion each year yet no one gives a shit because stroke is totally taken care of because of  F.A.S.T. and prevention efforts means stroke is not a problem according to stroke leaders. They know fucking nothing about stroke and should be shot.
Someday zombie stroke leaders will talk to me about how to solve stroke, but until then stroke survivors are screwed.
https://www.mdlinx.com/neurology/top-medical-news/article/2017/02/17/5?utm_source=in-house&


UW Medicine News
Giant cell arteritis is estimated to cost U.S. healthcare system $1 billion in first year of treatment.
Healthcare system spending on patients in the United States with giant cell arteritis is $16,400 more in the first year after diagnosis compared to similar patients without the disease. This finding comes from a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health. The little–known, chronic disease of the blood vessels affects 230,000 Americans.

“In addition to its significant clinical burden, giant cell arteritis has a substantial economic impact, as it increases costs to both the health care system and patients in the U.S.,” said Joseph Babigumira, lead author of the study. He is an assistant professor of global health and adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy.

“It is estimated that nearly 950,000 individuals will be diagnosed with giant cell arteritis and 140,000 will become visually impaired because of giant cell arteritis in the U.S. between 2014 and 2050,” the researchers wrote, citing previous research.

To estimate the cost of illness among patients with the disease, researchers used a national sample of claims data from the Truven Health Analytics MarketScan databases for the years 2007–2013. They also looked at data from the Medicare supplemental database.

Researchers compared the health care costs of 1,293 patients recently diagnosed with giant cell arteritis to that of a control group of 6,465 enrollees who did not have the chronic disease.

The findings were published online Jan. 13 in the journal Rheumatology and Therapy. The results showed that the “mean one–year cost for giant cell arteritis patients was $34,065 and mean one–year cost for controls was $12,890.” After adjusting for multiple variables, the difference in cost was $16,431.

What’s more, patients with giant cell arteritis spent an average of more than $5,000 in additional inpatient costs, more than $10,000 in additional outpatient costs and $660 in additional pharmacy costs.

Total health care cost associated with giant cell arteritis in the first year following diagnosis in the U.S. is higher than that of non–cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis, systemic lupus erythematosus and endometriosis, but lower than costs associated with breast cancer.

“Given the annual incidence of 18.9 giant cell arteritis cases per 100,000 population in the U.S., the first–year aggregate cost of giant cell arteritis following diagnosis is estimated to be nearly one billion dollars in the U.S.,” researchers wrote.

“Effective therapies are needed to reduce the impact of giant cell arteritis on morbidity, and have the potential to reduce the cost burden of the complications associated with the disease,” Babigumira said.

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