Echocardiographic abnormalities in patients with stroke during the subacute rehabilitation phase

Masahiro Tsujikawa, Yohei Otaka, Rei Hasegawa, Kunitsugu Kondo, Meigen Liu

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)


OBJECTIVE: To evaluate cardiac function using echocardiography in patients with stroke admitted to subacute rehabilitation units.

DESIGN: Retrospective, cross-sectional study.

PARTICIPANTS: A total of 750 consecutive patients with stroke who were admitted to a suburban rehabilitation hospital. Mean age 67.5 years (standard deviation (SD) 12.3 years). Mean time since stroke 36.7 days (SD 13.2 days).

METHODS: Patients were assessed using transthoracic echocardiography within 7 days of admission. The prevalence of echocardiographic abnormalities was analysed and compared between cerebral infarction and haemorrhage using the Mantel-Haenszel method controlled for age.

RESULTS: Arrhythmias were found in 13.7% of the patients, 94.2% of whom had atrial fibrillation. Left atrial enlargement and left ventricular hypertrophy were found in 20.4% and 19.5% of all patients, respectively. Left ventricular asynergy was detected in 6.1% of all patients, but 47.8% of them had no history of myocardial infarction. Left ventricular ejection fraction was low in 12.2% of all patients. Abnormal rhythms and left atrial enlargement were significantly more frequent in patients with cerebral infarction than in those with cerebral haemorrhage (p < 0.01).

CONCLUSION: The prevalence of cardiac problems is high among patients with subacute stroke regardless of a history of heart disease, and this should be taken into account when planning rehabilitation programmes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-44
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of rehabilitation medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


Dive into the research topics of 'Echocardiographic abnormalities in patients with stroke during the subacute rehabilitation phase'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this