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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 says U.S. Women unfamiliar with most stroke warning signs

 

American Heart AssociationSan Francisco, CA – Many U.S. women don’t know most of the warning signs of a stroke, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2014 Scientific Sessions.

The study is also published in the American Heart Association journal, Stroke. «Read the rest of this article»

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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 Heart Association says Stroke Patients fare better in Hospitals speeding care

 

American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA – Hospitals that used key strategies, tools and approaches from the Target: Stroke initiative sped up treatment times, which was associated with fewer stroke patients having complications or dying, according to a science report presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

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American Stroke Association reports Blood Clot risk remains higher than normal for at least 12 weeks after Women deliver Babies

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CAWomen’s blood clot risk remains elevated for at least 12 weeks after delivering a baby — twice as long as previously recognized, according to a large study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

The chance of a blood clot rises during pregnancy, when platelets and other blood-clotting factors increase. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Stroke Association says Moderate Exercise cuts Women’s Stroke Risk

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA – Women don’t need to run marathons or do intense aerobics to reduce their stroke risk. Moderate-intensity exercise — such as brisk walking or playing tennis — may do the trick, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

The study found that moderate exercise also helps offset the increased stroke risk seen with postmenopausal women taking menopausal hormones, but not completely. «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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According to the American Stroke Association most people have access to stroke care, but few get recommended treatment

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA – Four out of five people in the United States live within an hour’s drive of a hospital equipped to treat acute stroke — yet very few get recommended treatment, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Stroke Association says new stroke outcome measures don’t consider stroke severity

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA - New measures that look at the quality of care provided by hospitals to stroke patients may wind up negatively affecting stroke care, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association said in a statement.

The stroke outcome measures, which profile hospital performance for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, look at whether patients die or were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. But they do not consider the stroke’s severity, even though that determination is essential to outcomes, said the AHA.

Hospitals caring for stroke patients should use a consistent standardized risk adjustment model.  (American Heart Association)

Hospitals caring for stroke patients should use a consistent standardized risk adjustment model. (American Heart Association)

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