Costs and benefits of echocardiography strategies after stroke

R. L. McNamara, Joao Lima, P. K. Whelton, N. R. Powe

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We undertook a cost-effectiveness analysis to evaluate nine diagnostic strategies for identifying cardiovascular sources of emboli after stroke, including various combinations of transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, and history of cardiac disease. The most cost-effective strategy was transesophageal echocardiography for all patients, with subsequent anticoagulation treatment for patients with left atrial thrombus. The results were moderately sensitive to the effectiveness and safety of anticoagulation. No strategy using transthoracic echocardiography was as cost-effective as transesophageal echocardiography alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-21
Number of pages5
JournalCardiology Review
Volume15
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1998

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Transesophageal Echocardiography
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Echocardiography
Stroke
Costs and Cost Analysis
Embolism
Heart Diseases
Thrombosis
Safety
Therapeutics

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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McNamara, R. L., Lima, J., Whelton, P. K., & Powe, N. R. (1998). Costs and benefits of echocardiography strategies after stroke. Cardiology Review, 15(12), 17-21.

Costs and benefits of echocardiography strategies after stroke. / McNamara, R. L.; Lima, Joao; Whelton, P. K.; Powe, N. R.

In: Cardiology Review, Vol. 15, No. 12, 1998, p. 17-21.

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McNamara, RL, Lima, J, Whelton, PK & Powe, NR 1998, 'Costs and benefits of echocardiography strategies after stroke', Cardiology Review, vol. 15, no. 12, pp. 17-21.
McNamara, R. L. ; Lima, Joao ; Whelton, P. K. ; Powe, N. R. / Costs and benefits of echocardiography strategies after stroke. In: Cardiology Review. 1998 ; Vol. 15, No. 12. pp. 17-21.
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