THE PROGNOSIS OF ACUTE STROKE IN A TERTIARY HEALTH CENTRE IN SOUTH-EAST NIGERIA

Chukwuemeka O Eze, Uma A Kalu

Available online Jul 19, 2018.

[ Original ] Volume 23, Issue 4, 2014, Pages 306-310


Abstract

Background: Stroke is a common neurologic disorder and it is the third leading cause of mortality worldwide
after ischaemic heart disease and cancer.This study determined the prognosis of acute stroke in Federal Teaching
Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA) South-East Nigeria.
Methodology:It was a retrospective,descriptive and hospital based study conducted in a tertiary health centre in
Abakaliki south-east Nigeria.The stroke register of the neurology unit was reviewed and relevant data were
extracted and analyzed.
Results: Stroke accounted for 12% of medical death with 24hour, 7day and 30day mortality rates of 5%,10% and
15% respectively. Factors associated with stroke mortality include advanced age, female sex, extremes of blood
pressure,loss of consciousness and haemorrhagic stroke.
Conclusion: There should be regular health education with emphasis on primary prevention of stroke. Also,
stroke patients should be referred early to a stroke unit for adequate management.


Keywords

words:stroke, mortality, Abakaliki, South-East, Nigeria,

October December 2014

Volume 23 | Issue 4

Page Nos. 306-310

Online since Jul 13, 2018

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