Endothelial Function and Progenitor Cells in Acute Ischemic Stroke "EPCAS"

Recruiting

Phase N/A Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

- Patients with first ever ischemic stroke
- TIA, or transient symptoms with infarction (TSI)
- Age > or = 18 years old within 24 hours after onset
- Written informed consent to participate
- No evidence for dysphagia

Exclusion Criteria

- Malignant hematopoietic disease (e.g. leukemia), severe systemic infections, severe immunological disease, renal or hepatic failure
- Pancreatitis, cholecystolithiasis, intestinal malabsorption
- Lactose intolerance
- Increased risk of aspiration
- Pregnancy
- Life expectancy less than 12 months
- Inability to give written informed consent
- Psychosis
- Alcohol dependency
- Abuse of illegal drugs