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Co-funded by the Stroke Association, and published in the International Journal of Stroke, research suggests a new tool can better predict what level of memory and thinking (cognitive) problems patients will experience after stroke, than more time consuming methods.

Dr Shamim Quadir, Research Communications Manager at the Stroke Association said:

“The brain is such a complex organ that it can be difficult for doctors to map damage in the brain to the memory and thinking problems it causes. The Brain Health Index (BHI) can quickly and automatically process a lot of information from a patient's brain scans, and appears to be significantly more accurate than other methods at predicting what levels of memory and thinking problems stroke patients actually have.  Although it's early days, the BHI could become a powerful tool in supporting large scale studies of stroke-related brain damage, which we really need to help improve early identification and treatments.”

To find out more about the new research, visit the University of Glasgow website.