Abdul Rahman Abdullah

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Some patients with mild or improving ischemic stroke symptoms do not receive intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) because they look "too good to treat" (TGT); however, some have poor outcomes. METHODS We retrospectively analyzed data from a prospective single-center study between 2002 and 2004. TGT patients were those(More)
BACKGROUND Symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage (sICH) is the most devastating complication of thrombolytic therapy for acute stroke. It is not clear whether patients with sICH continue to bleed after diagnosis, nor has the most appropriate treatment been determined. METHODS We performed a retrospective analysis of our prospectively collected Get With the(More)
BACKGROUND Rapid brain imaging is a critical step in facilitating the use of intravenous (IV) tissue-plasminogen activator (tPA) or catheter-based thrombolysis. We hypothesized that advance notification by emergency medical services (EMS) would shorten emergency department (ED) arrival-to-computed tomography (CT) time and increase the use of IV and(More)
Little is known about the risk of thrombolysis in patients with malignancy, because these patients have been excluded from most clinical trials. We reviewed our acute ischemic stroke (AIS) database for clinical outcomes and complications in patients with current malignancy (CM) who received thrombolytic therapy. Consecutive AIS patients receiving(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the characteristics of patients with stroke/TIA whose admission low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels were above goals defined by National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel (NCEP-ATPIII) guidelines. METHODS From January 1, 2003, to June 30, 2005, there were 1,212 discharges (1,033 stroke, 179 TIA), of whom(More)
In January 2005, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced the designation of approved hospitals as Primary Stroke Services (PSS), based on verifiable demonstration of care pathways for acute ischemic stroke. We investigated the effect of hospital characteristics on participation in the PSS program.In 2003, the Massachusetts Department of(More)