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J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2012 Feb;21(2):124-30. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2010.05.012. Epub 2010 Nov 5.

Subtle problems in activities of daily living after a transient ischemic attack or an apparently fully recovered non-disabling stroke.

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Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Slotervaart Hospital, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. marieke.verbraak@slz.nl

Abstract

Little is known about the effects on the performance of activities of daily living (ADL) and quality of life (QoL) of transient ischemic attack (TIA) or a nondisabling stroke (NDS) with a full recovery in 72 hours. The present study evaluated ADL performance and QoL, as well as symptoms of anxiety and depression, in patients at 1 and 6 months after a TIA or an NDS. Consecutive hospitalized TIA/NDS patients not requiring rehabilitation were assessed at 1 and 6 months after discharge from a hospital or emergency department. ADL performance was evaluated using the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS), QoL was assessed with the Short Form 36 (SF-36), and depression and anxiety symptoms were assessed with the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). A total of 45 patients completed the follow-up. At 1 month after TIA/NDS, all patients were independent in ADL performance but had AMPS and SF-36 scores below the norm. In addition, 12 patients (27%) had anxiety symptoms, and 9 patients (20%) had symptoms of depression. Although initially considered fully recovered, 23 patients (51%) required rehabilitation after the first follow-up. After 6 months, their AMPS, SF-36, and HADS scores were lower than those of the patients who did not require rehabilitation after the first screening. Half of the patients with a TIA or an NDS who were initially considered fully recovered exhibited ADL limitations, decreased QoL, and symptoms of anxiety or depression after 6 months.

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