Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Use in Acute Stroke


Phase N/A Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

- stroke onset: within past 30 days but rTMS intervention will commence no sooner than 5 days from stroke onset
- stroke location: cortical or subcortical
- stroke type: ischemic
- age: >18 years
- paretic index finger must show either no or impaired flexion/extension motion at the metacarpophalangeal (MP) joint.
- Mini-Mental State Examination greater than or equal to 22
- ability to stand/transfer with no more than moderate assistance

Exclusion Criteria

- seizure within past two years
- metal in head (dental permitted)
- pregnancy
- psychiatric disorders
- receiving tricyclic antidepressants or neuroleptics
- inability to follow three-step command
- hemineglect
- dependent on ventilator, nasogastric tube, or implanted medical device
- co-morbidities impairing upper extremity function
- anticipated stay at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute shorter than 7 treatment days