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Rapid Response Guidelines May Improve Children's Stroke Care

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THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 – A rapid response plan for children who visit the emergency room with stroke-like symptoms can help doctors make a faster diagnosis, new research suggests. "Just as there are rapid response processes for adults with a possible stroke, there should be a rapid response process for children with a possible stroke that includes expedited evaluation and imaging or rapid transfer to a medical center with pediatric stroke expertise," senior study author Dr. Lori Jordan, an assistant professor of pediatrics and neurology at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., said in an American Heart Association news release. "We need the emergency department, radiology, critical care medicine and often many other specialists to work quickly and efficiently together to treat pediatric patients," Jordan said. After ... Read more

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Heart Association's Stroke Guidelines Support Clot-Removing Device

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MONDAY, June 29, 2015 – A device that grabs and drags a blood clot out through the blood vessels should be used to treat certain stroke victims, according to new guidelines issued by the American Heart Association. Nearly nine out of 10 strokes are caused by a blood clot that blocks one of the arteries supplying blood to the brain, the American Heart Association (AHA) said. Standard stroke treatment relies on powerful blood-thinning medications that break up the clot and restore blood flow to the brain. But when those drugs don't work, doctors now can turn to a new catheter-based device that will physically remove the blood clot, said Dr. William Powers, lead author of the updated AHA guidelines and chair of neurology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The tool, called an endovascular stent retrieval device, is made up of wire mesh that resembles a tiny ring of chicken ... Read more

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Trauma, PTSD May Raise Women's Odds of Heart Attack, Stroke: Study

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MONDAY, June 29, 2015 – Women who have been through a traumatic event or developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) face an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, a new large study suggests. For women with severe PTSD, the study found a 60 percent higher risk of heart attack or stroke compared to women who hadn't experienced any trauma. The risk was increased 45 percent for women who experienced a traumatic event but didn't develop PTSD, the researchers added. "Our study is the first to look at trauma exposure and PTSD symptoms and new cases of cardiovascular disease in a general population sample of women," said lead researcher Jennifer Sumner, an epidemiologist at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. It's important to note, however, that while this study found an association between trauma and a higher risk of stroke and heart attack, it ... Read more

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Noisy Neighborhoods Tied to Higher Stroke Risk

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TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 – Long-term exposure to noise pollution from traffic may reduce life expectancy, a new study contends. Living near busy roads may also increase the risk of stroke, particularly among older people, the researchers said. "Road traffic noise has previously been associated with sleep problems and increased blood pressure, but our study is the first in the U.K. [United Kingdom] to show a link with deaths and strokes," study author Jaana Halonen, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said in a university news release. But, it's important to note that the study only showed an association between road noise and these health outcomes, and not a cause-and-effect relationship. "From this type of study, we can't tell for certain what the risks of noise are to an individual, but these are likely to be small in comparison with known risk factors for ... Read more

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Intense Therapy Helps Restore Arm Function Long After Stroke: Study

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TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 – Intensive physical therapy helps restore arm function in people who have survived a severe stroke, a new study finds. University of Florida researchers followed 39 patients who underwent intense physical therapy for the arms five hours a day, five days a week, for 12 weeks. For the study, the team "enrolled people who had a stroke a year or more prior to their study participation, and who were still severely impaired," lead researcher Janis Daly, a professor of neurology in the College of Medicine, said in a university news release. "The magnitude of recovery we observed in our study is higher than any other studies that have been published so far, which supports the promise of longer treatment and more intensive treatment after stroke, even for those who are more severely impaired," she added. Three rehabilitation methods were used. One was motor learning ... Read more

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Lip Injections May Ease Challenges of Facial Paralysis

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THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 – People with facial paralysis may benefit from cosmetic lip surgery, a preliminary study finds. Facial paralysis is "a very large problem that can occur because of stroke, Bell's palsy, muscular dystrophy, trauma and birth defects," Dr. Kofi Boahene, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, said in a university news release. Poor lip control caused by facial paralysis can cause drooling, spillage of food and drink, and difficulty making sounds that require fully closing the lips, such as the letters "b" and "p." Many of these people are also self-conscious about their appearance, Boahene said. He and his colleagues worked with 22 people who had facial paralysis on one side of the mouth and three people with muscular dystrophy who had lost control of both sides of the mouth. The patients were given ... Read more

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Educating Stroke Survivors Helps Them Spot Another Stroke Faster

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Stroke survivors who receive extensive stroke education are much more likely to recognize symptoms of another stroke and seek immediate treatment, a new study shows. The research included nearly 1,200 Hispanic, black and white survivors of mild stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Their average age was 63. They all received culturally tailored educational material about recognizing and reacting to stroke symptoms. Some of the patients also underwent in-hospital group sessions in which they practiced how to describe stroke symptoms to emergency medical services workers and watched videos from stroke survivors on preparedness. Over five years of follow-up, 224 of the patients had another stroke or experienced stroke-like symptoms. Forty-two percent of those patients arrived at an emergency department within three hours. Only 28 percent of patients in the ... Read more

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Stroke Ages Brain by 8 Years, Study Finds

Posted 9 Jun 2015 by

TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 – A stroke robs the brain of nearly eight years, impairing memory and slowing thinking speed, a new study says. University of Michigan researchers analyzed national data from more than 4,900 black and white Americans aged 65 and older who underwent tests of memory and thinking speed between 1998 and 2012. Test results among those who suffered a stroke fell as much as if they had suddenly aged 7.9 years, according to the study in the July issue of the journal Stroke. Stroke had a similar effect on brain function in both blacks and whites in the study. But previous research has found that rates of memory and thinking problems in older blacks are generally twice that of whites. These new findings show that stroke doesn't account for that racial disparity as people age, and also highlight the importance of stroke prevention, the researchers said. "As we search for the ... Read more

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Poorer Blacks May Face Higher Odds of Heart Disease

Posted 27 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 – Poorer black people under age 50 are more than three times as likely to have a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular ailment as black people with the highest wealth, a new study suggests. Analyzing data from more than 5,300 black Americans, researchers also found that black women in the lowest income group had more than twice the risk of experiencing a cardiovascular "event" – including death – than those in the highest income group. Study author Samson Gebreab, a staff scientist at the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute, said the findings – which could be fueled by a combination of physical and social factors – emphasize the need for greater awareness of cardiovascular disease among blacks. "We [also] think resources should be put into early detection and screening of cardiovascular disease, especially in African-American women and ... Read more

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Heart Risk Factors May Harm Black Women More Than Whites

Posted 20 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – The cluster of heart risk factors known as the "metabolic syndrome" might raise the risk of heart disease more for black women than it does for white women, a new study suggests. Metabolic syndrome refers to having at least three health conditions – including a large waist size, high blood pressure, low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol, high levels of blood fats called triglycerides, and impaired sugar metabolism – that can all work together to boost the odds of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. In the new study, a team led by Dr. Michelle Schmiegelow at University Hospital Gentofte in Denmark looked at data from more than 14,000 American women, aged 50 to 79. All were taking part in a long-term national study. About 47 percent were white, 36 percent were black and 18 percent were Hispanic. Over 13 years of follow-up, about 1,100 of the women were ... Read more

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Cholesterol Drugs May Lower Stroke Risk for Healthy Older Adults

Posted 19 May 2015 by

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – Healthy older adults who take cholesterol-lowering drugs may be cutting their risk of stroke, a new French study suggests. The study found that when people took medications called statins or fibrates, their risk of stroke over almost a decade went down by about one-third. But, lead researcher Dr. Christophe Tzourio, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Bordeaux and Inserm in France, doesn't think older people should start taking these drugs solely for stroke prevention. "Our results should not be interpreted as an indication for prescribing statins or fibrates to elderly individuals. We wouldn't recommend changing medications based on the results of only one study," he said. "The next step is to see whether we can replicate our findings or not," he added. The report was published May 19 in the BMJ. Statins include drugs such as Lipitor and Zocor. ... Read more

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Too Much, Too Little Sleep May Up Stroke Risk for Those With High Blood Pressure

Posted 15 May 2015 by

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 – People with high blood pressure who sleep less than five hours or more than eight hours each night may have significantly higher odds of a stroke, new research suggests. Analyzing data from more than 200,000 U.S. residents with high blood pressure, scientists determined that "insufficient" sleepers logging less than five hours of shuteye each night had an 83 percent increased risk of stroke compared to "healthy" sleepers who got seven to eight hours of sleep. "Long" sleepers reporting more than eight hours of nightly sleep experienced a 74 percent higher stroke risk than healthy sleepers, according to the study. "We were surprised, especially with the individuals reporting insufficient sleep, because most studies . . . have shown [only] a modest increase in the chances of suffering a stroke among those with short sleep duration," said study author Dr. Oluwaseun ... Read more

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Hand-Grip Strength May Provide Clues to Heart Health

Posted 13 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 – Testing hand-grip strength could be a cheap and simple way of identifying people at increased risk for heart attack, stroke and premature death, according to a new study. Researchers looked at nearly 140,000 adults who underwent grip-strength tests. The participants were aged 35 to 70, and they were from 17 countries. Their health was followed for an average of four years. Every 11-pound decrease in grip strength was associated with a 16 percent increased risk of death from any cause, the investigators found. Each decrease was also tied to a 17 percent raised risk of heart-related death or death from non-heart causes. And, every 11-pound drop in grip strength was also associated with a 9 percent increased risk of stroke and a 7 percent higher risk of heart attack, the findings showed. Although this study found an association between grip strength and the risk ... Read more

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Even Treated Depression May Raise Stroke Risk

Posted 13 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 – Depression in older adults appears to significantly increase the risk of a stroke, even after depression symptoms have gotten better, a new study suggests. The researchers found that people who had severe symptoms of depression were more than twice as likely to have a stroke as those with no symptoms. People who had symptoms at the first interview, but had gotten better by the second interview still had a 66 percent higher stroke risk, the study authors said. "The surprising finding that stroke risk remains elevated even if symptoms seem to have gone away make replicating this study urgent," said lead researcher Paola Gilsanz, a research fellow at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. "If replicated, these findings suggest that doctors should seek to identify and treat depressive symptoms before harmful effects on stroke risk start ... Read more

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Expert Tips to Detect Early Warning Signs of Stroke

Posted 11 May 2015 by

SUNDAY, May 10, 2015 – Prompt treatment of stroke is key to preventing death and disability, but not everyone knows how to quickly identify the early warning signs of stroke. "Today, thanks to early detection, aggressive treatment and new intervention therapies, more stroke patients than ever are returning to normal life with limited to no disability," said Dr. Stanley Tuhrim, director of the Stroke Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. "Despite these accomplishments, it is clear that there is still much more work to be done to reduce the burden of stroke in our community. The challenge remains to educate as many people as possible about stroke's earliest warning signs and symptoms, so patients can get the immediate treatment they need," he said in a hospital news release. Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the United ... Read more

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