Janika Kõrv

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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)
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)
OBJECTIVE To examine and compare the long term outcome after polio in an east European and a west European country with different access to rehabilitation and with different medical and social conditions. DESIGN AND SETTING The patients who were acutely hospitalised for polio 1950-54 in the University Hospital in Bergen, Norway and 1958 in the University(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Shortening door-to-needle time (DNT) for the thrombolytic treatment of stroke can improve treatment efficacy by reducing onset-to-treatment time. The goal of our study was to explore the association between DNT and outcome and to identify factors influencing DNT to better understand why some patients are treated late. METHODS(More)
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)
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)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Previous studies in the United States and the United Kingdom have shown that stroke research is underfunded compared with coronary heart disease (CHD) and cancer research despite the high clinical and financial burden of stroke. We aimed to determine whether underfunding of stroke research is a Europe-wide problem. METHODS Data for(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)
OBJECTIVES The goal of our study was to investigate the associations of oxidized LDL (apoB100 aldehyde-modified form) and acute phase proteins (fibrinogen, CRP) with acute ischemic stroke severity and outcome. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study included 61 ischemic stroke patients and 64 controls. Strokes were subtyped according to TOAST criteria, the(More)
BACKGROUND Brain imaging is logistically the most difficult step before thrombolysis. To improve door-to-needle time (DNT), it is important to understand if (1) longer door-to-imaging time (DIT) results in longer DNT, (2) hospitals have different DIT performances, and (3) patient and hospital characteristics predict DIT. METHODS Prospectively collected(More)