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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is often difficult to detect in patients with acute ischemic stroke. We aimed to assess the predictive value of a prolonged QT interval corrected for heart rate (QTc) in PAF detection after acute ischemic stroke. METHODS We enrolled 972 patients with acute ischemic stroke consecutively extracted(More)
A 36-year-old man was admitted to our hospital because of urinary retention and muscle weakness affecting all 4 limbs after receiving a H1N1 09 influenza vaccination. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated multiple lesions in his brain and spinal cord. Furthermore, nerve conduction study showed acute sensorimotor neuropathy, and anti-GM2 antibodies were(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of the CHADS2 scoring system as a prognostic tool for stroke patients with a prior history of coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS We enrolled 148 acute ischemic stroke patients (mean age, 74.2 years; males, 77.0%) with a history of CAD. Pre-admission CHADS2 scores were calculated by(More)
BACKGROUND Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) greatly increase the risk of stroke, but few reports have examined subsequent stroke in patients with history of TIA. METHODS This retrospective, hospital-based study included 506 consecutive patients with acute ischemic stroke who were admitted to our hospital. The clinical features and prognosis were compared(More)
BACKGROUND Recent reports have shown that CHADS2 score can be applied to stroke risk in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients. This study evaluated the efficacy of CHADS2, CHA2DS2-VASc and R2CHADS2 scores as prognostic tools for stroke subsequent to CAD. METHODS AND RESULTS We enrolled 159 consecutive patients with acute ischemic stroke who were (1)(More)
BACKGROUND Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is a strong independent risk factor for ischemic stroke and is also associated with stroke severity and mortality. However, the detection rate of PAF in patients with ischemic stroke is limited because they are often asymptomatic or present with sinus rhythm on electrocardiograms (ECGs). In the present study,(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with vertebrobasilar (VB) circulation ischemia can present with nonspecific symptoms, which complicate the distinction of transient ischemic attack (TIA) from other benign disorders. According to previously accepted classifications, typical TIA does not occur with VB symptom such as vertigo, diplopia, or dysarthria in isolation. However,(More)
BACKGROUND Few studies have examined the relationship between abnormal ankle-brachial index (ABI) and short-term outcome in patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS). METHODS We included 209 consecutive patients with AIS admitted to our hospital and divided them into abnormal ABI (≤.9) and normal ABI (>.9) groups. We defined neurologic deterioration (ND)(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) is a good measure of arterial stiffness and is associated with risk of future vascular events. The present study aimed to examine whether baPWV can also predict 3-month functional outcome after stroke. METHODS This hospital-based study included 327 consecutive patients with acute ischemic(More)
BACKGROUND Transient ischemic attack (TIA) is often followed by a stroke episode. Differences between early and late recurrent stroke, however, have not been elucidated. METHODS We enrolled 133 consecutive patients with acute ischemic stroke who presented to our hospital and had previously been diagnosed with TIA. They were divided into 5 groups according(More)