Temporal trends and associated factors for pre-hospital and in-hospital delays of stroke patients over a 16-year period: the Athens study.

@article{Papapanagiotou2011TemporalTA,
  title={Temporal trends and associated factors for pre-hospital and in-hospital delays of stroke patients over a 16-year period: the Athens study.},
  author={Panagiotis Papapanagiotou and Nicoletta Iacovidou and Konstantinos M Spengos and Theodoros Xanthos and Ioannis D Zaganas and Afrodite Aggelina and Athanasios Alegakis and K. Vemmos},
  journal={Cerebrovascular diseases},
  year={2011},
  volume={31 2},
  pages={199-206}
}
BACKGROUND The management and outcome of acute ischemic stroke changed dramatically after the introduction of intravenous thrombolysis. However, relatively few patients have received thrombolytic treatment, mainly due to pre-hospital and/or in-hospital delays. Although the causes of these delays have been adequately studied, their change over a long period has not. METHODS All acute first-ever stroke patients (n = 2,746) presenting to our academic center from 1993 to 2008 were prospectively… CONTINUE READING

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