Stoke Victims To Get Nurse Visits After Hospital Discharge

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Stroke victims discharged from Akron City Hospital can expect a visit by a nurse to check on how they are doing.

Summa Health System and Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown recently received a $787,000 federal grant to test the impact of a nurse's visit on stroke patients.

A total of 380 stroke victims will be asked to participate.

If the project helps improve patient quality of life and reduce post-stroke complications, the approach could become a standard part of patient care, said Dr. Kyle R. Allen, Summa's chief of the division of geriatric medicine and lead investigator for the study.

Just as with chronic illnesses, any program that could prevent subsequent strokes would save money, Allen said. Between 5 percent and 10 percent of people who have a stroke will have another one within a year, experts say.

Nurse specialist Kathy Wright works with stroke patients to educate them about risks for future strokes, including smoking, alcohol use and high-fat diets. She also looks for potential problems, such as high blood pressure or depression.

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