Get with the Guidelines (GWTG) – Stroke Patient Registry Use in Primary and Comprehensive Designated Stroke Centers during COVID-19 Pandemic

This year many of the professional conferences that traditionally took place live have had to change to virtual mode due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its related social distancing rules.  The International Stroke Conference and Nursing Symposium was no exception. Yet it presented an excellent opportunity for many to attend, especially those who could … Read more

PFO Closure in PFO-related Stroke

Last week, Gore REDUCE study, a randomized open-label trial with a median duration of follow-up of 5.0 years [4.8 to 5.2] demonstrated that 1.8% of patients with PFO closure had recurrent ischemic strokes (hazard ratio, 0.31; 95% confidence interval, 0.13 to 0.76), compared with 5.4% patients who treated with an antiplatelet-only group (Figure).1 A patent … Read more

Post-Stroke Cognitive Impairment And Dementia And Risk Factors and Prevention

Dr. Rebecca Gottesman presented on Thursday during the Stroke Conference of 2021. She addressed the past, present, and future related to vascular dementia, mixed dementia, early stroke recovery, and precision medicine. In the past, the definition of post-stroke dementia was not necessarily uniform. She explains this is related to the term vascular dementia being sort … Read more

The “PFO Headache”: PFO closer in severe and refractory migraine

Migraine headaches are a heterogeneous and recurrent condition with multiple potential phenotypes, making long-term management and preventive treatment extremely challenging on clinicians. In the general population, the prevalence of migraine headaches is approximately 15% with a female-to-male ratio of 3:1.  Once diagnosed, simple analgesics should be used in mild to moderate cases, while triptans, -ditans, … Read more