Myocardial Infarction, Stroke Increase Functional Disability Over Time

Hospitalization for MI or stroke increases patients' functional impairment.
Hospitalization for MI or stroke increases patients’ functional impairment.
Patients who have been hospitalized for myocardial infarction or stroke experience short- and long-term increases in functional disability.

This study assessed the acute and long-term effect of myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke on postevent functional disability and cognition while controlling for survivors’ changes in functioning over the years before the event.

Lead researcher Deborah A. Levine, MD, MPH, from the Division of General Medicine at the University of Michigan, and colleagues found that in this population-based cohort, most MI and stroke hospitalizations were associated with significant increases in functional disability at the time of the event and in the decade afterward. Survivors of MI and stroke warrant screening for functional disability over the long-term.

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