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American Heart Association says Short Kids may have higher future Stroke Risk

 

Stroke Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Being a short kid is associated with increased risk of having a stroke in adulthood, according to Danish research published in Stroke, an American Heart Association journal.

A prospective study examined data on more than 300,000 Danish schoolchildren – born between 1930-1989 who were examined at ages 7, 10 and 13. Researchers noted that boys and girls who were 2 to 3 inches shorter than average for their age were at increased risk of clot-related (ischemic) stroke in adult men and women and of bleeding stroke in men.

A clot within a blood vessel interrupting blood flow to the brain. (American Heart Association)

A clot within a blood vessel interrupting blood flow to the brain. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Survivors of Childhood Heart Defects may have higher risk of Premature Dementia

 

Circulation Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – People born with heart defects who survive into adulthood may be at higher risk of developing dementia, particularly dementia that starts before 65 years of age, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

With improved newborn and childhood treatments, more people born with heart defects survive into adulthood. A 2016 study published in Circulation estimated that approximately 1.4 million adults are living with congenital heart defects in the United States.

Children born with heart defects are more likely to survive into old age because of improved early treatments, but they may be more likely to develop early-onset dementia than people born without heart defects. (American Heart Association)

Children born with heart defects are more likely to survive into old age because of improved early treatments, but they may be more likely to develop early-onset dementia than people born without heart defects. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association lists Top Heart Disease and Stroke Research advances of 2017

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – New medicines to fight heart disease, updated guidelines for strokes and high blood pressure, and research into genome editing are among the top heart disease and stroke advances in 2017, according to the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The Association, one of the top funders of heart- and stroke-related research worldwide, has been compiling an annual top 10 list of major advances in heart disease and stroke science since 1996. Here, in no particular order, are the organization’s picks for leading research accomplishments published in 2017.

American Heart Association identifies most impactful scientific discoveries for Heart Disease and Stroke. (American Heart Association)

American Heart Association identifies most impactful scientific discoveries for Heart Disease and Stroke. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Severe Pre-Eclampsia often leads to undetected High Blood Pressure after Pregnancy

 

Hypertension Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Lingering hypertension is common and may go unnoticed among women who have severe pre-eclampsia during pregnancy, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

Pre-eclampsia, which is when a woman develops hypertension and elevated protein in the urine during pregnancy, occurs in three to five percent of pregnancies in the developed world. Recent studies have shown that women with pre-eclampsia are more likely than women with normal blood pressure during pregnancy to have high blood pressure post-pregnancy.

Hypertension commonly occurs in the year following pregnancy among women who had severe pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. (American Heart Association)

Hypertension commonly occurs in the year following pregnancy among women who had severe pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports Breast Cancer Treatments may increase the risk of Heart Disease

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Breast cancer patients may be at an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases including heart failure and may benefit from a treatment approach that weighs the benefits of specific therapies against potential damage to the heart, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association published in its journal Circulation.

The statement is an overview of what we currently know about risk factors common to both heart disease and breast cancer, the potential heart damage from some breast cancer treatments, and suggested strategies to prevent or minimize the damage.

Breast cancer survivors, especially older women, are more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure rather than breast cancer. (American Heart Association)

Breast cancer survivors, especially older women, are more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure rather than breast cancer. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Guideline Adherence, not Patient Volume, may be better Hospital Heart Failure Metric

 

Circulation Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – In evaluating the quality of care given to those hospitalized with heart failure, adherence to clinical guidelines may be a better measure of quality than the number of heart failure patients a hospital admits, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Patients with heart failure are unable to pump enough blood and oxygen to their bodies to remain healthy. According to the American Heart Association’s 2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update, 6.5 million Americans suffer from this chronic condition—and that number is growing.

Heart/Stroke Statistics. (American Heart Association)

Heart/Stroke Statistics. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Combining Drugs that Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol could do more to prevent Stroke

 

American Heart AssociationLos Angeles, CA – Combining medication that lowers blood pressure with medication that lowers cholesterol reduced first-time strokes by 44 percent, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2018, a world premier meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease for researchers and clinicians.

Finger prick for a cholesterol test. (American Heart Association)

Finger prick for a cholesterol test. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Prompt Clot-Grabbing Treatment produces better Stroke Outcomes

 

American Heart AssociationLos Angeles, CA – Clot removal may be beneficial up to 24 hours following stroke in carefully selected patients, but every hour delayed after symptoms begin may be associated with more disability, according to preliminary research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2018, a world premier meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease for researchers and clinicians.

A clot within a blood vessel interrupting blood flow to the brain. (American Heart Association)

A clot within a blood vessel interrupting blood flow to the brain. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Brain Stimulation plus Adult Neural Stem Cells may speed Stroke Recovery

 

American Heart AssociationLos Angeles, CA – Electrically stimulating implanted adult stem cells may someday speed stroke recovery, according to preliminary research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2018, a world premier meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease for researchers and clinicians.

Stem cell injections are already being studied in people who are slow to recover after an ischemic stroke (clot-caused stroke).

Human Brain Image. (American Heart Association)

Human Brain Image. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports Sleep Apnea after Stroke heightens risk of another Stroke; Death

 

American Heart AssociationLos Angeles, CA – Stroke survivors, especially Mexican-Americans, whose sleep is interrupted by pauses in breathing (sleep apnea) are more likely to die or experience another stroke, according to preliminary research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2018, a world premier meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease for researchers and clinicians.

Sleeping woman. (American Heart Association)

Sleeping woman. (American Heart Association)

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