Predictors of long-term cognitive impairment, dementia and disability after lacunar stroke

Predictors of long-term cognitive impairment, dementia and disability after lacunar stroke

Type: Stroke

Grant holder: Professor Joanna Wardlaw, V. Cvoro, M. Dennis, S. Makin and I. Deary. University of Edinburgh, Western General Hospital.

Amount Awarded: £75,815 over two years

Year: 2014 - Finished

Lacunar strokes are common, small, not usually fatal, but less well-studied than other types of stroke.  Up to a third of these patients may have difficulty thinking, or even dementia, soon after stroke, but less is known about the long-term effects, or why some people get these cognitive problems.  The researchers can find out more by extending their study of lacunar stroke patients to three years after the stroke, and by summarising all other published research.  This will give patients and health services much better information to plan long-term care, and future clinical trials to improve outcome.