Raquel Barba

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The goal of the present study was to examine a series of putative risk factors of poststroke dementia (PSD), especially those factors usually associated with cerebrovascular disease and degenerative dementia, in a series of 251 consecutive unselected stroke patients. METHODS A standard protocol was prospectively applied at admission(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE We sought to determine whether previous or incident dementia increases the risk of mortality after stroke. METHODS We assessed clinical, functional, and cognitive status in 324 consecutive stroke patients who were followed up for 24 months. Prestroke dementia was diagnosed at admission (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Cognitive decline occurs in approximately 30% of stroke patients. Acute risk factors have been identified, but long-term risk has not been examined in large samples. The purpose of this research was to determine factors associated with the progression of cognitive impairment after stroke. METHODS Consecutive stroke patients (193)(More)
BACKGROUND The history of venous thromboembolism (VTE), and the rationale for thromboprophylaxis in surgical patients are well understood. The situation is less clear for acutely ill medical patients. OBJECTIVES To compare the clinical presentation of VTE and clinical outcomes of immobile acutely ill medical patients with surgical patients. PATIENTS(More)
BACKGROUND Current guidelines make no specific recommendations for venous thromboembolism (VTE) treatment in patients with renal insufficiency, but some experts recommend some reduction in heparin dose. METHODS Registro Informatizado de Enfermedad TromboEmbólica (RIETE) is an ongoing, prospective registry of consecutively enrolled patients with(More)
BACKGROUND There is little information on the influence of body mass index (BMI) on mortality in patients with acute venous thromboembolism (VTE). PATIENTS AND METHODS RIETE is an ongoing registry of consecutive patients with symptomatic, objectively confirmed, acute VTE. We examined the association between BMI and mortality during the first 3 months of(More)
SUMMARY Patients over 90 years of age (the "very elderly") account for an increasing number of admissions to departments of internal medicine (IM). The aim of this study was to analyse the demographic data, hospitalization characteristics, medical complications, and predictors of mortality in patients over 90 admitted to IM departments. MATERIAL AND(More)
The management of patients admitted during weekends may be compromised because the level of staffing in the hospital is often lower then. This study was conducted to assess what independent influence, if any, weekend admission might have on inhospital mortality. The authors analyzed the clinical data of 429,880 adults >14 years of age who were admitted to(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Detection and notification of malnutrition are essential to adopt a support plan and take costs into account. The aim of this study was to describe how often discharge sheets from Internal Medicine (IM) units include malnutrition among diagnoses (notification frequency) using the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision(More)
Differences in hospital staffing may influence outcomes for patients with acute conditions, including acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), depending on which day of the week the patients are admitted. This study was conducted to determine whether weekend admission increases the risk of dying in hospital. We analysed the(More)