HTA Bulletin: June 2013

Intermittent pneumatic compression reduces risk of deep vein thrombosis in stroke patients

Intermittent pneumatic compression is effective in reducing the risk of deep vein thrombosis in stroke patients, according to the findings of an HTA Programme study. [more…] Intermittent pneumatic compression is effective in reducing the risk of deep vein thrombosis in stroke patients, according to the findings of an HTA Programme study. [more…] 

Use of magnesium sulphate for managing severe asthma

HTA funded research published in The Lancet has found that magnesium sulphate is not effective at treating patients with severe acute asthma needing hospital admission. [more…]

Surgery provides better relief from chronic reflux than drugs

After five years, surgery continues to provide better relief from the symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease than medication and is likely to be cost-effective, concludes research funded by the HTA Programme. [more…]

 

Thousands risk stroke as mini-stroke signs ignored

Courtesy of The Stroke Association

Thousands of people are at risk of stroke because they fail to recognise the signs of a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA, also known as mini-stroke), according to the findings of a new poll(i) launched today on World Stroke Day (29 October 2012).

A Stroke Association survey of over 2,000 members of the public, conducted by ICM Research, revealed that:

  • Over two thirds (68%) of people did not recognise the symptoms of a TIA, with over a quarter (26%) believing they were symptoms of a heart attack.
  • Nearly nine out of ten people (87%) would be worried if they experienced the symptoms of a mini-stroke, yet almost three quarters (74%) wouldn’t take emergency action and go to hospital.
  • Over two thirds of respondents (68%) had never heard of TIA and two in five (40%) were unaware that a TIA was a warning sign of a major stroke.

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