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Loyola Stroke Specialists Report on Pain, Depression and Other Issues in Stroke Care and Rehabilitation

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Stroke specialists and former trainees at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine are authors of seven articles on acute stroke management published in Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation.

The featured articles cover topics including poststroke pain, poststroke depression, telemedicine in stroke care and commonly asked questions about strokes caused by clots.

Editors of the special issue are José Biller, MD, professor and chair of Loyola’s Department of Neurology, and Sarkis Morales-Vidal, MD, an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology.

Here are the article titles and authors:

  • Eleven Commonly Asked Questions about Ischemic Stroke - Louann Carnahan, DO; H. Steven Block, MD; and José Biller, MD.
  • Telemedicine in Stroke Care and Rehabilitation - Sarkis Morales-Vidal, MD, and Sean Ruland, DO.
  • Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in Patients with Hemorrhagic Stroke - Farrukh S. Chaudhry, MD; Michael J. Schneck, MD; Sarkis Morales-Vidal, MD; Furqan Javaid, MBBS; and Sean Ruland, DO.
  • Central Poststroke Pain: Current Diagnosis and Treatment - Murray Flaster, MD, PhD; Edwin Meresh, MD; Murali Rao, MD; and José Biller, MD.
  • Pearls on Primary Stroke Center - Alejandro Hornik, MD; Christopher Morgan, MD; and Jurate Platakis, RN.
  • Management of Intracerebral Hemorrhage in the Presence of Anticoagulant Therapy - H. Steven Block, MD, and José Biller, MD.
  • Poststroke Depression: A Review Emphasizing the Role of Prophylactic Treatment and Synergy with Treatment for Motor Recovery - Murray Flaster, MD, PhD; Aparna Sharma, MD; and Murali Rao, MD.

Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation is a bimonthly interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study and dissemination of theoretical and practical information related to stroke rehabilitation. Biller is a member of the editorial board.

In the Forward section of the issue, Biller and Morales write that stroke is a major health problem worldwide and a leading cause of long-term adult disability. On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, and someone dies of a stroke every four minutes.

“We are hopeful that this issue of Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation is of practical use to those health-care workers who longitudinally care for stroke survivors during their ongoing journey toward rehabilitation,” Biller and Morales wrote.

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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