A map demonstrating geographic hotspots of increased stroke mortality across the United States will be unveiled by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
This is one among a series of stroke studies being presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014.
Hot and Cold: Stroke Mortality Varies Widely, Even in Neighboring CountiesClusters of "hot" spots - counties where the mortality rate from stroke was as much as 40 percent higher than the national average and 1.5 times higher than mortality of patients in "cool" spots - were found in the southeastern United States, but extended farther west and north than the traditionally defined "stroke belt." In addition, researchers found isolated areas of low stroke mortality clustered within hot spots and isolated areas of high stroke mortality clustered within cool spots. Researchers hope to identify hot-spots that would benefit from targeted interventions to increase access to optimal stroke care, while accounting for population density, demographics, and existing healthcare resources.
- Catherine Wolff and Michael Mullen, MD, assistant professor of Neurology, will present [P5.009] Geography of Stroke Mortality: Hotspotting Areas for Targeted Interventions on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 3:00 p.m., during P5: Poster Discussion: Cerebrovascular Disease and Interventional Neurology II from 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm in Hall E. The study was supported by NIH's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) (grant R01 HS018362).
- Dr. Mullen will present [P2.133] Gender Differences in Primary Stroke Center Evaluation and Utilization of rt-PA on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 3:00 p.m., during P5: Poster Discussion: Cerebrovascular Disease and Interventional Neurology II from 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm in Hall E. The study was supported by NIH's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) (grant R01 HS018362).
Nguyen first formed the idea for the app as a stroke fellow at the University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center at Houston, brainstorming ways to utilize his passion in technology to improve stroke care. He wrote the app on the side, building features to help with quality improvement, ease communication, and screen for clinical trials. The app is now being used by physicians, nurses, and research support staff at UT.
- Dr. Nguyen will present [P7.125] A Smartphone Application To Aid In The Evaluation, Treatment, And Clinical Trial Enrollment Of The Acute Stroke Patient on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. during P7: Poster Session VII: Cerebrovascular Disease and Interventional Neurology: Issues in Acute Stroke Treatment (3:00 PM-6:30 PM) in Hall E.