Topic: American Stroke Association
Nashville, TN – All month long, counties and cities around Middle Tennessee are supporting the American Stroke Association’s fight against the No. 4 killer by proclaiming May as American Stroke Month.
Tennessee is in the “stroke belt” of the county, ranking 46th of 50 states in stroke mortality and near the very bottom for high blood pressure, a major risk factor for stroke.
African-Americans are five times more likely to eat Southern foods, which may help explain their higher stroke risk.
Honolulu, HI – Eating Southern-style foods may be linked to a higher risk of stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2013.
In the first large-scale study on the relationship between Southern foods and stroke, researchers characterized a Southern diet by a high intake of foods such as fried chicken, fried fish, fried potatoes, bacon, ham, liver and gizzards, and sugary drinks such as sweet tea. In addition to being high in fat, fried foods tend to be heavily salted. «Read the rest of this article»
American Stroke Association Reports Smoking marijuana associated with higher stroke risk in young adults
Honolulu, HI – Marijuana, the most widely used illicit drug, may double stroke risk in young adults, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2013.
In a New Zealand study, ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients were 2.3 times more likely to have cannabis, also known as marijuana, detected in urine tests as other age and sex matched patients, researchers said. «Read the rest of this article»
The ancient Chinese martial art helped survivors achieve and maintain balance to aid stroke recovery.
Compared to survivors receiving usual care or participating in a national fitness program for Medicare-eligible adults called SilverSneakers®, those practicing Tai Chi had the fewest falls.
Tai Chi is a martial art dating back to ancient China. It includes physical movements, mental concentration and relaxed breathing. «Read the rest of this article»
American Heart Association Report shows Traumatic brain injury complications common among U.S. combat soldiers
A transcranial Doppler is a non-invasive, inexpensive and portable way to assess these complications.
Honolulu, HI – U.S. soldiers in combat often suffer constricted blood vessels and increased pressure in the brain — significant complications of traumatic brain injuries, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2013.
“Research shows that traumatic brain injury is a hallmark of recent military conflicts, affecting nearly a third of all wounded soldiers,” said Alexander Razumovsky, Ph.D., lead researcher and director of Sentient NeuroCare Services in Hunt Valley, MD. «Read the rest of this article»
New American Stroke Association guidelines: People having stroke should get therapy within 60 minutes of hospital arrival
Quality improvement programs addressing stroke care should be organized in all stroke centers.
Dallas, TX – People having an ischemic stroke should receive clot-dissolving therapy – if appropriate — within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital, according to new American Stroke Association guidelines published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
Ischemic stroke, which accounts for nine in 10 strokes, is caused by a blood clot in the arteries leading to the brain. Calling 9-1-1 immediately after recognizing any of the warning signs of stroke — and getting to a stroke center as fast as possible — are still the most important steps for optimal stroke care. «Read the rest of this article»
American Stroke Association and Ad Council launch new national PSA campaign to help bystanders recognize and respond to warning signs of stroke F.A.S.T.
Nashville, TN – The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Ad Council have unveiled a new, national multimedia public service advertisement (PSA) campaign to help people recognize and respond to stroke F.A.S.T.
Every 40 seconds a stroke occurs in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Stroke is the No. 4 killer of all Americans and the No. 1 preventable cause of disability.
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association launches Sodium Swap Challenge on January 7th
Nashville, TN – Sodium – the everyday meal offender that might make your face feel puffy and your jeans look, and feel, tighter. But it does more than that. Too much sodium can also increase your risk of heart disease. And 90% of Americans eat too much sodium – often without knowing it.
The American Heart Association is challenging everyone to change their salty ways in 21 days. On January 7th, step up to the plate, re-charge your taste buds and give your heart-health a boost with the new Sodium Swap Challenge from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. «Read the rest of this article»
American Heart Association says despite benefit, hospitals alerted about incoming stroke patients only 2/3 of the time
Researchers say improved stroke care systems can address geographical and other factors affecting EMS pre-notification.
Dallas, TX – Treatment is delivered faster when emergency medical services (EMS) personnel notify hospitals a possible stroke patient is en route, yet pre-notification doesn’t occur nearly one-third of the time.
That’s according to two separate Get With The Guidelines®– Stroke program studies published in American Heart Association journals.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recommends EMS notify hospitals of incoming stroke patients to allow stroke teams to prepare for prompt evaluation and treatment. «Read the rest of this article»
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Nashville, TN – Are you stroke-smart? That’s the question we all face as American Stroke Month begins on Tuesday, May 1st.
Stroke is the Number 4 killer of Americans and Tennessee is in the “stroke belt” of the country with very high rates. A stroke can happen to all of us, young and old. In fact, the rate among young people is rising sharply. «Read the rest of this article»
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