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February 27, 2009

Divani: Stroke patients also may have heart failure

As noted in a recent issue of the online Doctor’s Guide, Afshin A. Divani, Ph.D., and his team reported that 10 percent of stroke patients have coexisting heart failure. They require longer hospital stays, more intensive care, and additional procedures. In addition, they have an overall greater cost of care compared to those stroke patients without heart failure, according to a study presented Feb. 19 at the International Stroke Conference (ISC) 2009.

"Of about 600,000 stroke patients in the US in 1995 and in 2005, around 10 percent had heart failure," lead author Divani, of the University of Minnesota Stroke Center told the Doctor's Guide. "These stroke patients with heart failure should be looked at more seriously and rigourously for treating both stroke and heart failure. Physicians have to look for heart failure in stroke patients in order to find it."

Updates on MED 2010

Vice Dean for Education Lindsey Henson provides updates on this proposed approach to medical education and answers questions, in Mayo 3-125 (link to Duluth campus room 165), March 5, 7:30-8:30 a.m., and March 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

February 13, 2009

Spirit Catches You author Fadiman speaks March 2

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down depicts the experience of a Hmong family whose daughter suffers from epilepsy and the American doctors who treat her. It is used in courses at universities across the country both as literary journalism and as a casebook for cross-cultural sensitivity in general. The book is also widely read by medical practitioners who wish to offer more effective care to patients from other cultures. Author Anne Fadiman will speak at the event and sign books after.

Monday, March 2
5:30 p.m. reception
6:00 p.m. Lecture
Mississippi Room, third floor, Coffman Memorial Union

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