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Healthy Lifestyle Choices May Cut Women's Stroke Risk

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 – Women who follow five healthy habits can cut their stroke risk in half, new research suggests. After being followed an average of 10 years, women who ate a healthy diet, drank alcohol moderately, never smoked, remained physically active and had a healthy body weight were 54 percent less likely to have a stroke than women with none of these factors, said study author Susanna Larsson, a researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. While other studies have looked at single risk factors, "only a few studies have examined the combined effects of a healthy lifestyle on stroke risk," Larsson said. "We observed that the risk of stroke decreased steadily with an increasing number of healthy lifestyle habits," she said. While the study found an association between healthy habits and stroke risk, a causal link was not proven. The study is published in the ... Read more

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Technology Helps 'Locked-In' Stroke Patient Communicate

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 – People who've had severe strokes and have a condition called "locked-in" syndrome may benefit from a new technology that allows them to communicate with the outside world, according to new research. The new study reports on a male stroke patient with locked-in syndrome who was paralyzed and could not communicate. With the new "brain-computer interface" he was able to spell out messages to hospital staff and his family, and even respond to questions. There are caveats. This technology is expensive – about $10,000 a unit. Plus, it will be costly to train medical workers and family members to use it with a patient. Still, the man's experiences show that the technology "can be a viable communication option when all other methods have failed, and it can also improve quality of life," said report lead author Eric Sellers, director of the Brain-Computer Interface ... Read more

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Health Risks After Stroke May Linger for at Least 5 Years: Study

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 – Stroke survivors remain at high risk for another stroke or other serious medical problems and death for at least five years, a new study suggests. The findings may mean that stroke survivors require closer follow-up to prevent these health problems, the Canadian researchers said. "This high long-term risk was surprising and shows that we need to develop better strategies and interventions for these patients to prevent as many of these serious problems as we can," study leader Dr. Richard Swartz, director of the University of Toronto stroke program, said in a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada news release. In the study, Swartz's team analyzed data from about 24,000 patients in Canada who suffered a stroke or mini-stroke, clinically known as a "transient ischemic attack" (TIA). All of the patients had already survived the "high-danger" period, which is ... Read more

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Study Links Potassium to Fewer Strokes in Older Women

Posted 4 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 – Could eating foods rich in potassium, such as bananas and potatoes, help lower the risk of stroke and an earlier death for older women? Possibly, suggest the findings from a new study. But the research is too preliminary to confirm that potassium alone – and not a better overall diet – actually plays a major role in helping women avoid strokes and live longer. However, the study's findings were significant enough for one of the study's co-authors to make this recommendation: "Postmenopausal women should eat more potassium-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, milk and unprocessed meats in order to lower their risk of stroke and death," said Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, professor emerita with the department of epidemiology & population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Potassium is an important mineral that helps the body ... Read more

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Mental Decline a Risk Factor for Stroke, Study Suggests

Posted 25 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 – Declining mental skills appear to raise a person's odds for a stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 18 studies – most conducted in Europe or North America – and found that people with memory and thinking problems were 39 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than those with normal mental function. When the team broadened its definition of mental decline (clinically called "cognitive impairment"), the connection to stroke got even stronger. The findings did not prove cause-and-effect, however. "This risk increased to 64 percent when a broadly adopted definition of cognitive impairment was used," wrote a team led by Dr. Bruce Ovbiagele, chair of the neurology department at the Medical University of South Carolina. "Given the projected substantial rise in the number of older people around the world, prevalence rates of cognitive impairment ... Read more

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Less Educated Smokers at Greatest Risk for Stroke, Study Finds

Posted 14 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 – Among smokers, those with the least education are at the greatest risk for stroke, Danish researchers report. "The combined effect of low educational level and smoking on the risk of stroke is the most surprising finding of our paper," said study author Helene Nordahl, an epidemiologist in the department of public health at the University of Copenhagen. She added that reducing smoking among those with the least education could potentially reduce strokes more than targeting smoking in those with the most schooling. Although the study included Danish participants, Nordahl believes her findings are applicable to other countries. "Since the most disadvantaged groups are often exposed to a wide number of stroke risk factors, it seems plausible that these people are at increased risk of stroke, not only in Denmark but also in the U.S.," Nordahl said. Other factors ... Read more

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Mental Decline Often Precedes a Stroke, Study Finds

Posted 8 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 – Age-related declines in memory and thinking abilities may increase a senior's risk of stroke and death, researchers say. Their new study included more than 7,200 Americans older than 65 who were given tests every three years to evaluate their short- and long-term memory, attention, awareness and other mental functions. Those with lower test scores were 61 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than those with higher scores. Compared to whites, blacks with mental decline had a five-fold higher risk of stroke. After a stroke, mental function declined nearly twice as fast as before a stroke. Stroke coupled with mental decline increased the risk of death, according to the study published Aug. 7 in the journal Stroke. "Stroke in old age can be caused by poor cognitive function; whereas, faster decline in cognitive function can be caused by stroke," lead author Kumar ... Read more

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Could Chiropractic Manipulation of Your Neck Trigger a Stroke?

Posted 8 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 – Getting your neck adjusted by a chiropractor or osteopathic doctor may be associated with an increased risk of stroke, according to a scientific statement released Thursday by the American Heart Association. The energetic thrusts and rotations sometimes used in neck manipulation may cause a small tear in the artery walls in the neck, a condition called cervical artery dissection, the statement noted. A tear in the artery wall can result in a stroke if a blood clot forms at the site and later breaks free to block a blood vessel in the brain. Such a tear "occurs with a sudden movement that can hyperextend or rotate the neck, such as one you may see with whiplash or sporting events, or even violent coughing or vomiting," said statement author Dr. Jose Biller, chair of neurology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. "The techniques for cervical ... Read more

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Speedy Delivery of Clot-Busting Drug Helps Stroke Patients Avoid Disability

Posted 6 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 Another study confirms that "time is brain" when treating stroke patients with a powerful clot-busting drug, tPA. Prompt treatment with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA, also known as alteplase) "is a very effective means of limiting the degree of disability in stroke patients," study co-author Dr. Jonathan Emberson, of University of Oxford in the U.K., said in a news release from the journal The Lancet. The study, published in the journal on Aug. 5, also reinforces the idea that the quicker that patients can get tPA, the better. One U.S. expert agreed. "The analysis reiterates the importance of patients going to the ER immediately at the time of developing acute neurological symptoms that could be due to a stroke," said Dr. Rafael Alexander Ortiz, director of interventional neuroradiology and stroke at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Clot-busting drugs ... Read more

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Inflammatory Muscle Disorder May Raise Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke

Posted 28 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 – A common inflammatory muscle disorder that causes pain and stiffness in older people may increase the risk for heart attack and stroke, new research suggests. A British study found that patients with polymyalgia rheumatica are more likely to develop vascular disease – conditions that affect the blood vessels. Doctors should carefully manage the vascular risk factors of patients with polymyalgia rheumatica to reduce their risk for complications, the study authors concluded. Unlike other inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus, the link between polymyalgia rheumatica and an increased risk for vascular disease has not been well-established. "Polymyalgia rheumatica is one of the most common inflammatory rheumatologic conditions in older adults," the study authors wrote. To date, evidence regarding the risk of vascular disease in ... Read more

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Routine Pulse Check May Prevent Second Stroke, Study Says

Posted 23 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 – Regularly checking the pulse of a stroke survivor may help prevent another stroke, researchers report. "Screening pulse is the method of choice for checking for irregular heartbeat for people over age 65 who have never had a stroke. Our study shows it may be a safe, effective, noninvasive and easy way to identify people who might need more thorough monitoring to prevent a second stroke," said study author Dr. Bernd Kallmunzer, of Erlangen University in Germany. The study included more than 250 people who survived an ischemic stroke (blocked blood flow to the brain). Either the patients or their relatives were taught how to monitor the pulse to detect an irregular heartbeat. Pulse checks taken by patients and relatives were nearly as accurate as those taken by health care workers, according to the study published online July 23 in the journal Neurology. The ... Read more

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Irregular Heart Rhythm Ups Stroke Risk Soon After Heart Surgery

Posted 21 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 – People who are older than 65 who've had a stroke or heart valve surgery, or who have known blood vessel disease, have an increased risk of stroke after heart surgery, a new study finds. Researchers looked at nearly 109,000 heart surgery patients in the Canadian province of Ontario and found that those factors could up the risk of stroke immediately after and for as long as two years following heart surgery. Having a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation also increased the risk of stroke, but only immediately after heart surgery, according to the study in the July 21 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The researchers also found that patients with a higher number on the CHADS2 score – a tool used by doctors to determine a patient's risk of stroke – are at increased risk of stroke with or without atrial fibrillation. "The rate of stroke ... Read more

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Stroke Rates Declining Among Seniors, Study Shows

Posted 15 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 – Seniors in America are suffering fewer strokes, regardless of their race or sex, a new long-term study reveals. "We found that stroke incidence [among those 65 and older] has been declining for the last 20 years," said senior study author Dr. Josef Coresh, a professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore. "Our study found that the decrease is happening in whites and blacks, which is very important because blacks are at an elevated risk of stroke," he added. However, people younger than 65 continued to suffer strokes at about the same rate, although the researchers found that more of these younger patients survived their stroke. The stroke death rate for people aged 65 and older held steady. One expert found some of the study results troubling. "The more concerning news is the lack of decline [in stroke rates] ... Read more

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Surgery Soon After Stroke Can Be Risky: Study

Posted 15 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 – People who've had a stroke face a significantly higher risk of serious complications if they have an elective surgery during the nine months following their stroke, according to a new Danish study. And, the sooner it is after the stroke, the greater the risk. The odds of another stroke, heart attack or cardiovascular death are 14 times higher for people who have elective surgery within three months of a stroke, the study found. If you wait until between three and six months post-stroke, the odds drop to about five times as high compared to someone who hasn't had a stroke. At six to 12 months after a stroke, the odds of a serious outcome are about three times higher versus those who've never had a stroke. About nine months after a stroke, the risks from surgery are still elevated but have stabilized, according to the study's lead author, Dr. Mads Jorgensen, a ... Read more

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Stress, Depression May Boost Stroke Risk, Study Finds

Posted 10 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 – Stress, hostility and depression may increase the risk for stroke, a new study suggests. The study found that depression seemed to raise the risk of a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA) by 86 percent. It also found that stress apparently raised stroke or TIA risk by 59 percent. And hostility doubled the risk, the researchers said. A TIA is a mini-stroke caused by a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain. However, it's important to note that the study only found an association between the risk of stroke and negative emotions. It wasn't designed to prove that negative emotions can cause strokes. Still, "chronic stress and negative emotions are important psychological factors that affect one's health, and findings from this study link these factors to brain health in particular," said the study's lead author, Susan Everson-Rose, an associate ... Read more

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