Physician prescribing patterns following hospital admission for ischemic cerebrovascular disease.


Journal Article

Functional recovery after brain injury in laboratory animals is influenced by a variety of drugs. Yet, the impact of currently prescribed drugs on recovery after human stroke remains largely unexplored. From the Duke-VA Stroke Registry, we found 77% of patients admitted to either the university hospital or the Veterans Administration hospital with cerebral infarction were taking medications at the time of their stroke. Ninety-five percent of these patients were receiving medication at the time of discharge. Antihypertensives were the most commonly prescribed agents in the study population, and platelet antiaggregants were second. Sixty-four percent of patients had a change in their antihypertensive regimens. The number of patients prescribed sedative-hypnotic agents doubled over the first 48 hours after hospital admission. The choice of a therapeutic agent for a given clinical indication may have important implications for rehabilitation of the stroke patient.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Goldstein, LB; Davis, JN

Published Date

  • November 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1806 - 1809

PubMed ID

  • 3185921

Pubmed Central ID

  • 3185921

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0028-3878

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1212/wnl.38.11.1806


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States