GI Bleeding After Stroke May Increase Risk of Death

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

People who have gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding after a stroke are more likely to die or become severely disabled than stroke sufferers with no GI bleeding, according to a study published in the August 6, 2008 online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study involved 6,853 people who had ischemic strokes. The most common type of stroke, ischemic strokes occur when blood flow to the brain is reduced or blocked. Of those, 829 people died during their hospital stay, and 1,374 had died within six months after the stroke.

  • A total of 100 people, or 1.5 percent, had GI bleeding, or bleeding in the stomach or intestines, while they were in the hospital from the stroke. In more than half of the cases, the GI bleeding occurred in people who had mild to moderate strokes.
  • The people with GI bleeding were more than three times more likely to die during their hospital stay or be severely dependent on others for their care at the time they left the hospital than people who did not have GI bleeding.
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