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Stroke patients most often readmitted with pneumonia

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More stroke survivors are readmitted to hospital for pneumonia than further cerebrovascular events, according to a US study.

More stroke survivors are readmitted to hospital for pneumonia than further cerebrovascular events, according to a US study.

Researchers followed 2,603 discharged stroke patients for up to five years and found readmissions were more than twice as likely to be for pneumonia than another stroke.

Lead author Dawn Bravata, associate professor of medicine Indiana University, said: 'Our study found that, surprisingly, the most common reasons for readmission to the hospital were non-neurological, with pneumonia or other respiratory problem leading the list of reasons.'

Another study, reported by NT last week, suggests that nearly 20% of hospital patients admitted with pneumonia have concurrent cardiovascular problems, such as serious arrhythmia.

Stroke (2007) 38: 1899-1904

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