Sentara Participates in National Stroke Study | Sentara Healthcare
Sentara.com
You have saved None as your preferred region Undo or Change Region
HR
Hampton Roads
Login for:
Search:
Go Search
Home News News Archives 2011 Archive Sentara Participates in National Stroke Study Expected to Shape Stroke Treatment

Sentara Participates in National Stroke Study Expected to Shape Stroke Treatment 

Skip navigation links
Sentara News Home
Online Newsroom
News Archives
Sentara in the News


Enrollment in NIH Study Concludes Early Due to Signficant Early Findings

Norfolk, VA (September 7. 2011) – Investigators with Sentara Neurosciences Institute and two local patients will continue to participate in a national stroke study even though new enrollment in the study was stopped ahead of schedule.

The study set out to help doctors understand how to prevent a damaging second stroke in high-risk patients.

The study was designed to compare treatment in two groups of stroke patients at high risk of having a damaging second stroke. Half of the patients in the study received aggressive medical management including efforts to quickly control high blood pressure and high cholesterol, combined with the use of blood thinning drugs. The other study participants received aggressive medical management and a stent to unclog very narrow vessels in the brain.

Early findings revealed the unexpected. Investigators thought it likely they’d see better results in patients who received the stents (tiny spring-like devices) used to prop open narrow and clogged arteries in the brain. When compared to the results of patients who only received aggressive medical management, those who received the stents faired far worse.

It is not uncommon for enrollment in studies to be stopped before time when early findings reveal significant variations in outcomes between the two study groups.

“Even when results are not what we’d hoped, having answers that challenge conventional thinking does improve care. Early findings like these give us reason to ask more questions that could lead to better treatments for stroke in the future,” says John Agola, MD, interventional neuroradiologist who practices at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

“Clinical research allows Sentara Neurosciences Institute to be part of something bigger than any one institution. We’re honored to be part of this and other studies that help reveal the best possible treatment for patients,” says Richard Zweifler, MD Sentara Chief of Neurology.

Aggressive medical management offers new hope for high risk stroke patients and those treatment regimens will likely be considered more for high-risk patients as a result of this study.

Read the full news release from the National Institutes of Health.


For more health information and the latest news, visit Sentara News or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Contact Us
Get Social with Sentara Sentara on Facebook Sentara on Twitter Sentara on Flickr Sentara on FourSquare Sentara Today Blog Sentara on YouTube
Your community, not-for-profit health partner.
Copyright © 2014 Sentara Healthcare.
Contact Us   About Sentara Healthcare   Privacy Policy   User Agreement   Mobile Site