Call to treat frail after stroke

Australian researchers followed more than 3300 patients at 35 hospitals who were admitted with stroke and found 6.5% were readmitted within a month.

Dependent patients with moderate to severe disability at the time of admission were 87% more likely to be readmitted within a month.

Patients who did not receive a CT or MRI scan within 24 hours of stroke — often in rural locations — had a 78% increased risk of readmission.

National Stroke Foundation clinical council member, Professor Chris Levi, said the study confirmed the suspicion that frailty and dependence before a stroke was a major factor that increased the chance of readmission, usually following another stroke or due to cardiovascular disease.

“There can be a lot of nihilism around frailer old folk. They are at higher risk of

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