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American Heart Association says consistent blood pressure control may cut rate of second stroke in half

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Stroke survivors who consistently control their blood pressure may reduce the likelihood of a second stroke by more than half, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

For the study, researchers analyzed the results from the Vitamin Intervention for Stroke Prevention (VISP) trial, which enrolled 3,680 ischemic stroke patients ages 35 and older in 1996-2003.

Blood Pressure Check. (American Heart Association)

Blood Pressure Check. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports Early Strokes leave many young adults with long-lasting disability

 

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American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – One-third of people who survive a stroke before age 50 are unable to live independently or need assistance with daily activities 10 years after their stroke, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

About 10 percent of strokes occur in 18- and 50-year-olds.

“Even if patients seem relatively well recovered with respect to motor function, there may still be immense ‘invisible’ damage that leads to loss of independence,” said Frank-Erik de Leeuw, Ph.D., senior author of the study and associate professor of neurology at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Stroke Association says there’s an alternative test better at finding potentially dangerous holes in the Heart

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA – An alternative test for measuring blood flow to the brain detected a potentially dangerous hole within the heart of some patients with an unexplained stroke better than a standard test, according to late-breaking science presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

In addition, the transcranial Doppler test could differentiate the risk of future stroke or transient ischemic attack as related to the severity of the defect. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Stroke Association says Implanted Cardiac Monitor identifies Stroke risk better than traditional methods

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA – A cardiac monitor about the size of a USB flash drive that’s implanted under the skin was six to seven times more likely to detect atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm that’s a risk factor for stroke, according to a science report presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

The monitor could help identify the 30 percent of ischemic strokes with no apparent cause.  Ischemic strokes are caused by a clot in a blood vessel in or near the brain. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Stroke Association says Cocaine greatly increases Stroke Risk within 24 hours of use

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CACocaine greatly increases stroke risk in young adults within 24 hours of use, much more than other risk factors according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

Cocaine users were six to seven times more likely to suffer an ischemic stroke within 24 hours of using the drug, and the effect existed across different ethnicities, researchers wrote.

Cocaine use increases stroke risk. (American Heart Association)

Cocaine use increases stroke risk. (American Heart Association)

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American Stroke Association says Weather changes may be linked to Stroke Hospitalizations, Death Rates

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA – Stroke hospitalization and death rates may rise and fall with outdoor temperature and dew points, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

Researchers studied a sample of 134,510 people who were 18 or older when admitted to hospitals in 2009-10 for ischemic stroke — a stroke caused by a blood clot that blocks blood flow in or near the brain. They then obtained temperature and dew point data during that period. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Stroke Association report says Tai Chi exercise may reduce falls in Adult Stroke Survivors

 

The ancient Chinese martial art helped survivors achieve and maintain balance to aid stroke recovery.

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationHonolulu, HI – Tai Chi may reduce falls among adult stroke survivors, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2013.

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»

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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.

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationDallas, 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»

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American Heart Association reports Psychosocial distress associated with increased stroke risk

 

Psychosocial distress is associated with increased risk of stroke deaths and strokes in people over age 65.

Tennessee Department of HealthDallas, TX – People over age 65 with high psychosocial distress face increased risk of stroke , according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Psychosocial distress is a broad concept that includes depression, stress, a negative outlook and dissatisfaction with life.

In their 10-year study, researchers followed 4,120 people in the Chicago Health and Aging Project for rates of death and stroke incidents. Due to some participants being involved in an HMO only 2,649 participants were analyzed for rates of incident stroke. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association says Red meat consumption associated with increased risk of Stroke

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Consumption of red meat is associated with an increased risk of total stroke, as reported online in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers Joanna Kaluza, PhD, of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland, and colleagues performed a meta-analysis to summarize the evidence regarding the effects of red meat (fresh, processed, and total) consumption on stroke risk. «Read the rest of this article»

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