Effects of hypoxic and ischemic clinical conditions on the outcomes of acute ischemic stroke patients

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Background: Several studies have shown the neuroprotective role afforded by hypoxic and ischemic preconditioning in cerebrovascular disorders. There are several clinical conditions which simulate the hypoxic and ischemic conditioning in humans. The aim of this retrospective study is to identify whether the presence of any clinical scenarios mimicking the hypoxic and ischemic conditions prior to the current acute ischemic stroke (AIS) has a neuroprotective role in these patients. Materials and methods: Data were collected for patients >18 years of age who underwent endovascular treatment for AIS from January 2009 to June 2015. A good outcome was defined as modified Rankin score (mRS) of 0 to 3 at discharge and a poor outcome as mRS of 4–6. A logistic regression analysis was performed to identify independent predictors of outcomes at discharge in both groups. A p value of <0.05 was considered statistically significant for all analyses. Results: A total of 102 patients, aged 67 ± 16 years with median preprocedural National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score 17.5 (1–36), were included. Twenty-one (21%) patients had a good outcome (mRS: 0–3) and 81 (79%) had a poor outcome (mRS: 4–6). A logistic regression analysis identified higher NIHSS score [odds ratio (OR): 1.251, confidence interval (CI): 1.11–1.40, p = 0.0002] and history of transient ischemic attack (TIA; OR: 7.881, CI: 1.05–21.01, p < 0.04) as predictors of a poor outcome at discharge. Conclusion: Our data suggest that the occurrence of TIA preceding an AIS may be associated with the poor outcomes in patients with AIS, although this finding needs confirmation in larger studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-108
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2020


  • Acute ischemic stroke
  • Hypoxic conditioning
  • Ischemic conditioning


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