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American Stroke Association lists Five fast things you should know about Stroke

 

May is Stroke Month

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – You don’t need superpowers to be a hero when it comes to stroke, you just need to pay attention to the risk factors and know the warning signs.

“Stroke is largely preventable and treatable,” said Mary Ann Bauman, M.D., chair of the American Stroke Association Advisory Committee. “The best way to beat a stroke is to never have one – about 80 percent of strokes are preventable. The second best way to beat a stroke is to identify one immediately when it occurs and call 911.”

For American Stroke Month this May, the American Stroke Association’s Together to End Stroke™ initiative, nationally sponsored by Medtronic, offers five things everyone should know to be a Stroke Hero.

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American Stroke Association reports Rapid symptom improvement may not indicate better stroke recovery

 

American Stroke Association Meeting Report

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationLos Angeles, CA – Stroke patients whose symptoms quickly improved before hospital arrival did not always have better recoveries than other patients, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

“Patients with very early rapid neurological improvement when first examined at the hospital still need to be considered for therapy to dissolve blood clots, given the high rate of unfavorable outcome,” said Clotilde Balucani, M.D., Ph.D., lead author and research assistant professor in neurology at The State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Doctors may consider administering clot-busting therapy to those patients whose stroke symptoms rapidly improved before hospital arrival. (American Heart Association)

Doctors may consider administering clot-busting therapy to those patients whose stroke symptoms rapidly improved before hospital arrival. (American Heart Association)

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American Stroke Association reports Pregnancy in older age increases Stroke, Heart Attack risk years later

 

American Stroke Association Meeting Report

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationLos Angeles, CA – Women who become pregnant at age 40 or older face a greater risk of stroke and heart attack later in life than women who become pregnant at a younger age, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

“We already knew that older women were more likely than younger women to experience health problems during their pregnancy,” said Adnan I. Qureshi, M.D., lead researcher and director of the Zeenat Qureshi Stroke Institute in St. Cloud, Minnesota. “Now, we know that the consequences of that later pregnancy stretch years into the future.”

Women pregnant at age 40 or older face a greater risk of stroke and heart attack later in life than those pregnant at a younger age. (American Heart Association)

Women pregnant at age 40 or older face a greater risk of stroke and heart attack later in life than those pregnant at a younger age. (American Heart Association)

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American Stroke Association says Migraine with aura linked to Clot-Caused Strokes

 

American Stroke Association Meeting Report

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationLos Angeles, CA – People who have migraines with aura are more likely to have strokes caused by either a blood clot in the heart (cardio-embolic stroke) or a clot within the brain’s blood vessels (thrombotic stroke), compared to those that don’t have migraines with aura, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

 People who experience aura with a migraine are more than twice as likely to have a stroke as people who have migraines without aura. (American Stroke Association)


People who experience aura with a migraine are more than twice as likely to have a stroke as people who have migraines without aura. (American Stroke Association)

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American Stroke Association reports Imaging, not Time, may determine who is right for Stroke Clot Removal

 

American Stroke Association Meeting Report

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationLos Angeles, CA – Brain imaging may accurately identify patients likely to benefit from stroke clot removal instead of relying on the time since symptoms began as an indicator of treatment eligibility, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

An ischemic stroke is caused by lack of blood reaching part of the brain. Endovascular treatment – which mechanically removes the blood clot blocking the path to the brain – benefits patients when performed within six hours of symptom onset. Drug treatment to bust the clot is beneficial up to 4.5 hours.

Brain Clot. (American Heart Association)

Brain Clot. (American Heart Association)

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American Stroke Association reports number of Strokes increase as Pollution Levels Rise

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationLos Angeles, CA – Higher pollution levels were linked to a higher total number of strokes, and researchers said it reaffirmed the growing evidence that climate change and overall air quality contributes to cardiovascular disease, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

The study, which used data from the United States and China, is one of the first to investigate the interaction between air quality and the number of stroke cases (prevalence) along with the potential effect of temperatures on the association.

Traffic on the highway. (American Heart Association)

Traffic on the highway. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association and National Football League Race to Super Bowl 50 with the NFL PLAY 60 App

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Can you run fast? Jump high? Turn quick? The American Heart Association (AHA) and National Football League (NFL) want children around the country to show off their skills with the NFL PLAY 60 App version 2.0.

The update includes a virtual race to Super Bowl 50 in the San Francisco Bay Area and is available for free in the iTunes App Store and on Google play.

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American Heart Association moves toward faster guideline implementation

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – The American Heart Association is launching a suite of new tools and resources that will help healthcare providers put into practice more quickly recommended guidelines for heart disease and stroke care. This brings to life the association’s new Guideline Transformation and Optimization (GTO) initiative to streamline the development and implementation of research-based guidelines that can improve patient outcomes.

GTO is launching in a step approach with the first focus on improving the use of guidelines for treating the more than 515,000 Americans each year who have a type of heart attack related to a condition known as non ST segment elevation Acute Coronary Syndrome (NSTE-ACS).

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American Heart Association’s Life is Why Family Health Challenge™ returns in September

 

A Healthy Family Starts At Home And It Starts With You

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – The American Heart Association wants families to feel they can, and are fully equipped to, make healthy choices in the home and within their everyday activities – without throwing schedules completely off or leaving wallets empty.

Today, about one in three American kids is considered overweight or obese. To help raise awareness and make parents and caregivers more conscious of their lifestyle choices during Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the Life is Why Family Health Challenge™ will help them take the “controls” back, leaving them feeling empowered to make small moderations in their lifestyle that will lead to bigger, heart-healthy changes down the road.

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American Heart Association & American Stroke Association give Travel Tips for Stroke Survivors

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – Are you a stroke survivor?

You may have some special needs when heading off on a trip this summer.

The American Heart Association / American Stroke Association has put together some travel tips just for you.
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