Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Three Inexpensive Tests Could Help Detect Risk of Stroke

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Three Inexpensive Tests Could Help Detect Risk of Stroke

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SAN DIEGO -- Treatment guided by the results of a 4-minute screening protocol could prevent more than 200,000 strokes and 30,000 deaths, each year in the population of 40 million Medicare recipients, Dr. George Lavenson Jr. declared in a poster session at the 29th International Stroke Conference.

Over the last 15 years, Dr. Lavenson has developed a stroke prevention screening protocol that includes three simple, inexpensive tests: a blood pressure measurement, a quick ultrasound scan of the carotid arteries, and an electrocardiogram. In his practice setting, this screening takes 4 minutes and costs about $20 per patient.

The Carotid Quick Scan, developed by Dr. Lavenson and his associates, has a sensitivity of 93% and a specificity of 87%, compared with a full carotid ultrasound, and takes less than 1 minute. The ECG rhythm strip is done in under 2 minutes, and the blood pressure determination takes under 2 minutes with their machine. Hospitals using their protocol or a similar one usually are able to screen about 15 seniors an hour.

"The three main medical conditions that cause the majority of strokes are carotid artery disease, atrial fibrillation, and high blood pressure," said Dr. Lavenson, a vascular surgeon with Kaweah Delta District Hospital, Visalia, Calif. …

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