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BACKGROUND Raised blood pressure is common in acute stroke, and is associated with an increased risk of poor outcomes. We aimed to examine whether careful blood-pressure lowering treatment with the angiotensin-receptor blocker candesartan is beneficial in patients with acute stroke and raised blood pressure. METHODS Participants in this randomised,(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The purpose of the present study was to estimate the time trends of stroke during the last 10 years in an Estonian population by comparison of the results from the 2 previous stroke registries from Tartu. METHODS The Third Stroke Registry in Tartu was conducted from January 12, 2001, to November 30, 2003. The previous registry was(More)
  • L-H Krarup, T Truelsen, C Gluud, G Andersen, X Zeng, J Kõrv +2 others
  • 2008
OBJECTIVE To determine whether prestroke level of physical activity influenced stroke severity and long-term outcome. METHODS Patients included into the present analyses represent a subset of patients with first-ever stroke enrolled into the ExStroke Pilot Trial. Patients with ischemic stroke were randomized in the ExStroke Pilot Trial to an intervention(More)
The aim of the current study was to evaluate the outcome at 1 year following a first-ever stroke based on a population-based registry from 2001 to 2003 in Tartu, Estonia. The outcome of first-ever stroke was assessed in 433 patients by stroke risk factors, demographic data and stroke severity at onset using the Barthel Index (BI) score and the modified(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate if repeated verbal instructions about physical activity to patients with ischaemic stroke could increase long term physical activity. DESIGN Multicentre, multinational, randomised clinical trial with masked outcome assessment. SETTING Stroke units in Denmark, China, Poland, and Estonia. PARTICIPANTS 314 patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with polio often experience new symptoms (muscle weakness, pain, fatigue and respiratory problems) many years after the acute disease. This study examined possible interactions between lifestyle factors (overweight, physical inactivity, smoking) and late polio with new symptoms. METHODS A total of 148 patients hospitalized for acute(More)
STUDY DESIGN Prospective clinical study. BACKGROUND The aim of the study was to investigate cortical reorganisation after traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). SETTING Tartu University Hospital, Tartu, Estonia. METHODS We studied six right-handed tetraplegic TSCI patients at 1, 3 and 12 months after(More)
STUDY DESIGN Cross-sectional clinical study. OBJECTIVES Plastic changes within cortical areas occur after traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI). The aim of the study was to assess cortical activation in the chronic phase of TSCI using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). SETTING Tartu University Hospital, Tartu, Estonia. METHODS Ten(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Most epidemiological studies on traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) have not included patients who die before hospitalization. The aim of the research was to study the incidence of TSCI by including the individuals who die at the scene of the accident in addition to data retrieved from all hospitals in Estonia. METHODS Medical(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The aim of the study was to compare the incidence, causes, severity and mortality of traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) in Western Norway and Estonia from 1997 to 2001. METHODS The patients were identified from hospital records. All patients were followed until death or 14 October 2011. Analysed data included demographic data,(More)