Document Type



Internal Medicine


Stroke results in the death of around 6.5 million people annually with a majority of these occurring in developing countries. Serum calcium has been hypothesised to play a significant role in causing ischaemic stroke. This retrospective observational study was conducted to determine the correlation, if any, between serum calcium and the severity of acute ischaemic stroke in our population. Two hundred and seventy-nine patients admitted with acute ischaemic stroke were enrolled in the study. Of the 279 patients 162 (58%) were male and mean age was 62.4 ± 3.8 years. Characteristics of stroke patients were compared with stroke severity. Mean albumin corrected serum calcium and Scandinavian stroke severity score was 9.1 (± 5.6) and 33.67 (± 15.2), respectively. Hypertension and mean GCS on admission were significantly associated with increased stroke severity score. However, no correlation was observed between serum calcium and severity of acute ischaemic stroke.

Publication (Name of Journal)

JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association