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No association between exacerbation frequency and stroke in patients with COPD

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, February 2016
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Title
No association between exacerbation frequency and stroke in patients with COPD
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International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, February 2016
DOI 10.2147/copd.s95775
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Jennifer Quint, Claire Windsor, Emily Herrett, Liam Smeeth

Abstract

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a higher risk of stroke than the general population. Chronic inflammation associated with COPD is thought to contribute to this risk. Exacerbations of COPD are associated with a rise in inflammation, suggesting that there may be an association between exacerbation frequency and the risk of stroke. This study examined that association. Using the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink, COPD patients with a first stroke between January 2004 and December 2013 were identified as cases and matched on age, sex, and general practice to controls with COPD but without a stroke (6,441 cases and 19,323 controls). Frequent exacerbators (FEs) were defined as COPD patients with ≥2 exacerbations, and infrequent exacerbators (IEs) have ≤1 exacerbation in the year prior to their stroke. Conditional logistic regression was used to estimate the association between exacerbation frequency and stroke overall, and by stroke subtype (hemorrhagic, ischemic, or transient ischemic attack). Exacerbations were also categorized into 0, 1, 2, or ≥3 exacerbations in the year prior to stroke. There was no evidence that FE had an increased odds of stroke compared to IE (OR [odds ratio] =0.95, 95% CI [confidence interval] =0.89-1.01). There was strong evidence that the risk of stroke decreased with each exacerbation of COPD experienced per year (P trend =0.003). In the subgroup analysis investigating stroke subtype, FE had 33% lower odds of hemorrhagic stroke than IE (OR =0.67, 95% CI =0.51-0.88, P=0.003). No association was found within other stroke types. This study found no evidence of a difference in the odds of stroke between IE and FE, suggesting that exacerbation frequency is unlikely to be the reason for increased stroke risk among COPD patients. Further research is needed to explore the association through investigation of stroke risk and the severity, duration, treatment of exacerbations, and concurrent treatment of cardiovascular risk factors.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 2%
Unknown 46 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 11 23%
Other 5 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 9%
Student > Master 4 9%
Student > Bachelor 3 6%
Other 9 19%
Unknown 11 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 15 32%
Nursing and Health Professions 5 11%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 4 9%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 3 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 2%
Other 5 11%
Unknown 14 30%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 11. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 07 April 2016.
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#1,870,129
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Outputs from International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
#247
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#46,942
of 344,443 outputs
Outputs of similar age from International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
#8
of 60 outputs
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