The Riga East University Hospital Stroke Registry-An Analysis of 4915 Consecutive Patients with Acute Stroke

Guntis Karelis (Coresponding Author), Madara Micule, Evija Klavina, Iveta Haritoncenko, Ilga Kikule, Biruta Tilgale, Inese Polaka

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Background and Objectives: A hospital-based stroke registry is a useful tool for systematic analyses of the epidemiology, clinical characteristics, and natural course of stroke. Analyses of stroke registry data can provide information that can be used by health services to improve the quality of care for patients with this disease. Materials and Methods: Data were collected from the Riga East University Hospital (REUH) Stroke Registry in order to evaluate the etiology, risk factors, clinical manifestations, treatment, functional outcomes, and other relevant data for acute stroke during the period 2016-2020. Results: During a five-year period, 4915 patients (3039 females and 1876 males) with acute stroke were registered in the REUH Stroke Registry. The causative factors of stroke were cardioembolism (45.7%), atherosclerosis (29.9%), lacunar stroke (5.3%), stroke of undetermined etiology (1.2%), and stroke of other determined causes (1.2%). The most frequent localizations of intracerebral hemorrhage were subcortical (40.0%), lobar (18.9%), and brainstem (9.3%). The most prevalent risk factors for stroke were hypertension (88.8%), congestive heart failure (71.2%), dyslipidemia (46.7%), and atrial fibrillation (44.2%). In addition, 1018 (20.7%) patients were receiving antiplatelet drugs, 574 (11.7%) were taking statins, and 382 (7.7%) were taking anticoagulants. At discharge, 35.5% of the patients were completely independent (mRS (modified Rankin Scale) score: 0-2), while 49.5% required some form of assistance (mRS score: 3-5). The intrahospital mortality rate was 13.7%, although it was higher in the hemorrhage group (30.9%). Conclusions: Our stroke registry data are comparable to those of other major registries. Analysis of stroke registry data is important for improving stroke care and obtaining additional information for stroke studies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number632
JournalMedicina (Kaunas, Lithuania)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage/epidemiology
  • Female
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Registries
  • Risk Factors
  • Stroke/epidemiology
  • Treatment Outcome

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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