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UTHSC stroke researcher presents overview in Sept. 11 New England Journal of Medicine

San Antonio (Sept. 11, 2003) — Robert G. Hart, M.D., professor of medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is the author of an overview of atrial fibrillation and stroke prevention in today's issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

The Journal invited Dr. Hart to summarize the current state of stroke prevention. "Clinical trials started in San Antonio with our group in 1985 and now are widely acknowledged in stroke prevention," he said, referring to the Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation trials, a landmark series of studies that continued for more than a decade with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Hart and David Sherman, M.D., of the Health Science Center and South Texas Veterans Health Care System, coordinated the national trials examining the effect of aspirin and warfarin therapy on reducing incidence of atrial fibrillation, a common cardiac arrhythmia whose most serious clinical consequence is stroke.

Dr. Hart and Oscar Benavente, M.D., also of the Health Science Center, recently launched a $37 million study of the most frequent cause of stroke in South Texas. The study, funded by the NIH and including 35 U.S. centers, focuses on secondary prevention of small subcortical strokes.

Contact: Will Sansom