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To study the impact of brain vessel pathology on the clinical status of Parkinson's disease (PD), in 57 consecutive patients the clinical and neuropsychological data were compared with clinical MRI signs of vascular impairment and with the ultrasound brain vessel investigations. There was a significant correlation between clinical and cognitive status and(More)
BACKGROUND The effect of brain-vessel pathology on mortality in 57 consecutive PD patients was studied. METHODS Baseline clinical, neuropsychological, ultrasonographic (US), and MR data obtained from patients who died (n = 18) during a 4-year follow-up period were compared with the data of patients who survived. RESULTS US/MRI data displayed a(More)
Numerous recent findings indicate the involvement of a neuroinflammatory reaction in the neurodegeneration in idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD). We examined 29 consecutive patients with PD, ages 54-84 years, most of whom were moderately impaired (median UPDRS 19; Hoehn-Yahr 3; MMSE 28). A series of serum biomarkers were investigated, and their levels were(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Stroke patients without evidence of arterial occlusion may not be suitable candidates for thrombolytic therapy. In our study, we investigated the outcomes of patients with negative CT angiography results for arterial occlusion. METHODS The study included patients treated within 3 hours after symptom onset with intravenous(More)
OPINION STATEMENT Ischemic stroke is most often caused by an acute extracranial or intracranial thromboembolic lesion obstructing an artery. It has been demonstrated that recanalization is the most important modifiable predictor of a good clinical outcome. Reperfusion strategies focus on early reopening of the vessel to reestablish antegrade flow within the(More)
Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) administered immediately after intravenous thrombolysis (IT) may reduce the risk of arterial re-occlusion. Its benefit, however, may not outweigh the risk of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). We sought preliminary data regarding safety of this combined therapy in an open-label, non-randomized study. The patients received(More)
OBJECTIVE Exposure to contrast agents may cause nephrotoxicity. The safety of performing CT angiography without having knowledge of the baseline creatinine level in stroke patients treated with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) has not been established. METHODS This is an observational cohort study, with a historical control group to evaluate the safety(More)
BACKGROUND Public awareness campaigns are conducted to increase stroke awareness, yet evidence of their long-term effectiveness is limited. Since 2006, the Czech Stroke Society has conducted an educational campaign throughout the Czech Republic (CR) to increase awareness about stroke. This report evaluates the effectiveness of this campaign by comparing the(More)
BACKGROUND Long-term campaigns to improve stroke awareness, such as the campaign conducted in the Czech Republic since 2006, have not been effective. However, the small subpopulation that noticed the campaign had better stroke awareness than the population that did not. To better understand this awareness campaign responsiveness and to design more(More)
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