Risk of stroke skyrockets among seniors after hospital stay, study finds

Share this article:
Seniors are at a high risk of suffering a stroke the week following a non-stroke-related hospitalization, according to the results of a new survey of stroke risk factors.

Researchers at the University of Iowa combed through the files of more than 5,500 Medicare beneficiaries for their 12-year study. During that time, between 6.8% and 9.9% of study participants suffered a stroke, depending on the definition of stroke used. Researchers found that there was a 200% to 480% increase in the risk of stroke in the week following a hospital stay.

Post-discharge planning and monitoring patients for at least one week after non-stroke related hospitalizations could help prevent the occurrence of stroke during this particularly risky time period, researchers suggest. One other risk factor they discovered: Seniors living in high-rise residences have a 40% greater risk of stroke than those living in single-story homes. The study appears online in the journal BMC Geriatrics.
Share this article:

More in News

NY nursing home agrees to $2.2 million settlement in case of false documentation

NY nursing home agrees to $2.2 million settlement ...

Nursing home operator Ralex Services Inc. has agreed to a $2.2 million settlement in a whistleblower case involving forged documents at a facility in New Rochelle, New York.

Common soaps could endanger healthcare workers, study finds

Healthcare facilities should consider replacing antibacterial soaps containing the chemical triclosan, University of California-San Francisco researchers assert in a recent Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine article. The conclusion echoes recently updated hand hygiene guidelines.

Mandatory staff hours, better high-acuity care could improve quality of life in ...

A nursing home's staffing patterns and admissions trends are among the most important factors driving residents' quality of life over time, according to recently published research findings.