Paola Santalucia

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One hundred and fifty-three authors, 45 Italian scientific societies, and two Italian patients' associations participated in drafting the Italian Stroke Organization document, which has become the national guideline for the prevention and treatment of stroke in Italy. For the surgical therapy section of the Italian Stroke Organization document, the main(More)
BACKGROUND The impact of diabetes on cardiovascular disease in both sexes is known, but the specifics have not been fully clarified. We investigated whether sex-related differences exist in terms of management and hospitalization in patients with newly diagnosed diabetes. METHODS We examined the rates of hospitalization for cardiovascular causes,(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Sex related differences in cardiovascular disease and stroke are issues of increasing interest. The aim of this study was to evaluate for sex differences in clinical presentation, severity of stroke and outcome in a population of patients admitted to 4 public and 1 private hospitals in three different regions of Italy. METHODS All(More)
PURPOSE The aims of this study were to evaluate whether or not there are gender differences in drug use at hospital admission and prescription at discharge and to evaluate the effect of hospitalization on medication patterns in the elderly. METHOD In-patients aged >65years included in the REPOSI registry during a recruitment period of 3years(More)
Simulation is a frontier for disseminating knowledge in almost all the fields of medicine and it is attracting growing interest because it offers a means of developing new teaching and training models, as well as of verifying what has been learned in a critical setting that simulates clinical practice. The role of simulation in neurology, until now limited(More)
Background and Scope. Early etiologic diagnosis of ischemic stroke subtype guides acute management and treatment. We aim to evaluate if plasma biomarkers can predict stroke subtypes in the early phase from stroke onset. Methods. Plasma N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), D-dimer, C-reactive protein, serum albumin, and globulin(More)
Stroke is a leading cause of death worldwide and the first cause of disability in the Western world. Over the last 20 years, antiplatelet agents have reduced overall stroke rates in primary and secondary prevention in men. However, this has not been the case for women. In this narrative review, the most widely used antiplatelet therapies for primary and(More)
AIMS To assess the pattern of use of Emergency Departments (EDs), factors contributing to the visits, geographical distribution and outcomes in people aged 65 years or more living in the Italian Lombardy Region in 2012. METHODS Based on an administrative database the study population was divided into groups according to the number of ED visits. A(More)
BACKGROUND To describe the incidence of ischemic stroke, short-term mortality, recurrences, and prescription patterns. METHODS Data from administrative health databases of the Lombardy Region from 2002 to 2010 (about 4 million people) were analyzed for stroke incidence and recurrence, mortality, and drug prescriptions after an ischemic stroke. RESULTS A(More)
Posterior circulation stroke accounts for about 20% of all ischemic strokes in a variety of syndromic pictures ranging from lacunar and limited infarcts to more extensive involvement. Furthermore, infarcts in the vertebrobasilar (VB) region are frequently multiple and not univocally identifiable in one single clinical entity; the prognosis is sometimes(More)