Spotlight on Secondary stroke prevention

Clinical Summary: Secondary stroke prevention


Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide (third in the United States) as well as the leading cause of long-term disability, with around 500 transient ischemic attacks and 2,400 new strokes per 1,000,000 inhabitants each year. One third of new stroke patients (700) die each year, and less than half of stroke survivors regain their independence. Prevention of stroke and transient ischemic attack includes both conventional approaches to vascular risk factor management (blood pressure and cholesterol reduction, smoking cessation, and antiplatelet therapy) and more specific interventions, such as carotid revascularization or anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation. In this clinical summary, Dr. Maurizio Paciaroni of the University of Perugia in Italy and Dr. Julien Bogousslavsky of the Swiss Medical Network discuss effective interventions for optimal secondary stroke prevention.

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What’s New in MedLink Neurology?

Since January 2012, we have expanded and updated the MedLink Neurology library by adding 12 new clinical summaries, 51 new images, and 12 new videos and by updating 386 existing clinical summaries.

The following new clinical summaries were added in the last 6 months:

Cardiac catheterization: neurologic complications
Ectopic neurohypophysis
Endovascular cerebral recanalization procedures
Endovascular management of carotid-cavernous fistulas
Endovascular management of vein of Galen malformations
Focal sensory seizures with experiential symptoms
Hot water epilepsy
Movement disorder emergencies
Neuro-ophthalmology of movement disorders
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Spotlight on Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

Clinical Summary: Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is the most common vestibular disorder. Canalolithiasis of the posterior semicircular canal is now widely accepted as the biological basis for typical benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Better understanding of its pathophysiological concepts has led to specific therapeutic strategies, which aim to clear the affected semicircular canal from mobile particles. In this clinical summary, Drs. Michael von Brevern and Thomas Lempert, neurologists at Charité University Hospital in Berlin, present recent studies on the treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.

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MedLink Neurology authors are always at work to bring you broad and up-to-date coverage of neurology topics. We are pleased to highlight clinical summaries that have been recently added or updated and to introduce the authors who write these authoritative articles.
We hope you enjoy these overviews and appreciate the contributions of our more than 450 authors who keep MedLink Neurology the premier information resource for neurologists.