Patient awareness and empowering self-care are crucial to reduce the risks of recurrent stroke
The research, conducted by scientists from Vall d’ Hebrón University, Barcelona, Spain, used a dataset of 41,325 patients admitted with a stroke diagnosis in 88 public hospitals over six years, and fed them into an AI-based model which was able to provide an individualised risk of stroke recurrence at three and 12 months. Lead author Giorgio Colangelo, AI Research Manager at Vall d’ Hebrón University Hospital’s Institute of Research (VHIR), Barcelona, Spain, commented, “We were able to use AI to predict the stroke recurrence at 3 and 12 months on an individual level, and knowing this risk has clinical value for doctors and for patients. Risk factors included high blood pressure and raised cholesterol, atrial fibrillation or sleep apnoea. We also determined and quantified what are the most relevant risk factors and which of them each patient can modify in his or her lifestyle.”
Dr. Marta Rubiera, Neurologist at Vall d’ Hebrón University Hospital and coordinator of the study, added, “We hope the data may be used to create a much more personalised prediction of if, and when, patients might have another stroke, and that by explaining the impact of individual risk factors, it will make patients more likely to comply with any treatment prescribed or lifestyle changes suggested, reducing the likelihood of having another stroke”.
Dr. Marc Ribo, Interventional Neurologist, and Chief Scientific Officer at Nora Health, which also participated in the study, concluded “Patient awareness and empowering self-care are crucial to reduce the risks of recurrent stroke. This study will help inform the personalisation of a recently developed app, NORA and greatly improve patients’ risk management.”
Source: European Stroke Organisation
Source: Healthcare in Europe