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

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Prescription and predictors of post-stroke antidepressant treatment: A population-based study

Well fuck, write up a protocol on this. But why do we care about predicting post-stroke depression? Do we not have consensus that all survivors should get anti-depression drugs because they lead to a better recovery? Is there not one stroke medical professional in the world willing to take responsibility and write stroke protocols?
Antidepressants may help people recover from stroke even if they are not depressed
"Taken together, the available data make a strong case for the prophylactic use and effectiveness of antidepressants post stroke," the researchers said.

Prescription and predictors of post-stroke antidepressant treatment: A population-based study

Scandinavica (Apr 2018)

OBJECTIVES Post-stroke depression and pathological crying are common and potentially serious complications after stroke and should be diagnosed and treated accordingly. Diagnosis and treatment probably rely on clinical experience and may pose certain challenges. We aimed to examine prescription and predictors of antidepressant treatment after ischemic stroke in a clinical setting.
MATERIALS AND METHODS In this registry-based follow-up study, consecutive ischemic stroke patients were identified from the Danish Stroke Registry, holding information on antidepressant treatment during admission in Aarhus County from 2003 to 2010. Information on prescription after discharge was obtained from the Danish Prescription Database. Treatment initiation was analyzed using the cumulative incidence method including death as a competing risk. Multiple logistic regression was used to identify potential predictors of treatment.
RESULTS Among 5070 consecutive first-ever ischemic stroke patients without prior antidepressant treatment, the cumulative incidence of antidepressant treatment and prescription over 6 months was 35.2% (95% CI: 33.8-36.6). Overall 16.5% (95% CI: 15.5-17.6) started treatment within 14 days corresponding to 48.1% (95% CI: 45.8-50.5) of all treated patients, and the most widely prescribed group of antidepressants was selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (86%). Increasing stroke severity was associated with higher odds of initiating treatment.
CONCLUSION Antidepressant treatment in this real-life clinical setting was common and initiated early, in almost half the treated patients within 14 days. Our results suggest that special focus should be given to the severe strokes as they may have a greater risk of requiring treatment.

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