Anemia Tied to Increased Mortality Risk Following Stroke

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Anemia Tied to Increased Mortality Risk Following Stroke
Anemia Tied to Increased Mortality Risk Following Stroke

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Anemia may increase mortality risk for older stroke patients, according to research published online Aug. 17 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Phyo Myint, M.D., professor of medicine of old age at the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom, and colleagues examined data from 8,013 stroke patients, average age 77, hospitalized between 2003 and 2015 in the United Kingdom. In addition, the researchers reviewed 20 previous studies, which increased the total number of patients to 29,943.

The researchers found that 24.5 percent of the stroke patients were anemic. The condition was associated with a higher mortality risk at multiple time points for up to one year following either ischemic stroke or hemorrhagic stroke. Elevated hemoglobin levels were also linked with poorer outcomes and a higher risk of death, mostly within the first month after stroke.

"Strong evidence suggests that patients with anemia have increased mortality with stroke," the authors write. "Targeted interventions in this patient population may improve outcomes and require further evaluation."

Abstract
Full Text

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

Trending Activities

All Professions



Sign up for myCME e-newsletters




More in Home

Congress Approves Bill Expanding Private Care for VA Patients

Congress Approves Bill Expanding Private Care for VA ...

New bill would open up access to private doctors for veterans

AAP Recommending Injectable Flu Shot for 2018-19 Flu Season

AAP Recommending Injectable Flu Shot for 2018-19 Flu ...

Children should receive injectable vaccine, which has been shown to be more consistently effective

Neurologists Identify New Type of Vertigo

Neurologists Identify New Type of Vertigo

Long-term prognosis favorable, with improvement of symptoms in more than half of patients