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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."