Assessment of Acute Complications and Quality of Life in Patients with Ischemic Stroke at Shar Teaching Hospital, Sulaimaniyah, Iraq

Acute Complications and Quality of Life in Patients with Ischemic Stroke


  • Hawkar Abubakir Hussein Medical Surgical Nursing Department, College of Nursing, University of Sulaimani, Sulaimaniyah, Iraq.
  • Muhammad Rashid Amen Medical Surgical Nursing Department, College of Nursing, University of Sulaimani, Sulaimaniyah, Iraq.



Acute complications, quality of life, ischemic stroke, physical education


Objectives: To assess the acute complications and QOL of patients with ischemic stroke at a hospital.

Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional design was used to recruit 131 patients with ischemic stroke at the Shar Hospital in Sulaimaniyah City, Iraq. The non-probability purposive sampling technique was performed at the Neurology Unit. Information was obtained through direct interviews. The questionnaire consists of patients’ characteristics, acute complications, and QOL.

Results: Most patients were aged 60-69 years old (67.25%), males (53.4%), married (90.8%), had no formal education (66.4%), housewives (36.6%), from urban areas (79.4%), had no previous transient ischemic attack (TIA) (76.3%), had two comorbidities (35.1%), had a chest infection (61.8%), UTI (62.6%), urinary retention (59.5%), shoulder pain (63.4%), fever (67.2%), had 7-8 complications (25.2%), had poor QoL for energy dimension (61.8%), family role (57.3%), language (58%), mobility (58.8%), mood (60.3%), self-care (70.2%), vision (73.3%). However, most patients had good QoL for personality (52.7%), social role (64.9%), thinking (60.3%), upper extremity function (50.4%), and work/productivity (55%). Additionally, most patients (66.4%) had poor overall QoL, and only 33.6% had good overall QoL. A significant association (p≤0.05) was found between participants’ QoL and the complication numbers, age, residency, TIA and attack numbers.

Conclusions: Most ischemic stroke patients had poor overall QoL and poor QoL with vision, self-care, energy, and mood.


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How to Cite

Hussein, H. A. ., & Amen, M. R. . (2024). Assessment of Acute Complications and Quality of Life in Patients with Ischemic Stroke at Shar Teaching Hospital, Sulaimaniyah, Iraq: Acute Complications and Quality of Life in Patients with Ischemic Stroke . Journal of Contemporary Medical Sciences, 10(2).