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Adults With Heart Defects May Face Higher Risk of Stroke: Study

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TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 – Adults who were born with heart defects are at increased risk for stroke, a new study finds. "We knew there was a connection between heart failure and stroke in patients with heart defects, but we were surprised to discover it was the strongest predictor," said senior study author Dr. Ariane Marelli, a professor of medicine at McGill University in Montreal. However, the study did not prove that heart defects cause stroke. For the study, researchers looked at stroke rates among more than 29,000 adults born with heart defects, and compared them with rates among people in the general population of the province of Quebec, Canada. Those with heart defects were nine to 12 times more likely to suffer an ischemic stroke (blocked blood flow to the brain) before age 55. In addition, they were two to four times more likely to have this type of stroke between the ages of ... Read more

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Danger Persists for Young Women After Heart Attack, Stroke

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MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 – Young women who survive a heart attack or stroke may not be out of danger once they recover, European researchers say. These women could continue to face drastically increased risk of death – or another heart attack or stroke – for a long time after their initial life-threatening illness, according to a new study published Nov. 23 in JAMA Internal Medicine. "Our results show that the increase in risk is persistent over a long time, making it even more clear that women should keep their regular checkups and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, even if their first event was years ago," said co-author Bob Siegerink, group leader of epidemiology at the Charite Center for Stroke Research in Berlin, Germany. Overall death rates are 3.7 times higher in women who've had a heart attack and 1.8 times higher in women who've had a stroke, compared with healthy women, ... Read more

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Carbon Monoxide Levels in Breath Might Point to Stroke Risk

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SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 – Seemingly healthy adults who exhale high levels of carbon monoxide may be at increased risk for stroke, a new study suggests. Carbon monoxide is produced naturally by the body. According to the researchers, prior studies have linked high exhaled levels of carbon monoxide to an increased risk of heart disease. This new study was led by Dr. Matthew Nayor, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and included more than 3,300 healthy adults with no known history of stroke. All of the patients had their exhaled levels of carbon monoxide measured and health outcomes were then tracked for an average of nearly 13 years. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect. However, compared with those in the lowest one-third of levels of exhaled carbon monoxide, those in the middle one-third were 67 percent more likely to suffer a stroke or mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Plavix (clopidogrel): Drug Safety Communication - Long-term Treatment Does Not Change Risk of Death

Posted 19 days ago by

ISSUE: An FDA review has determined that long-term use of the blood-thinning drug Plavix (clopidogrel) does not increase or decrease overall risk of death in patients with, or at risk for, heart disease. FDA evaluation of the Dual Antiplatelet Therapy (DAPT) trial and several other clinical trials also does not suggest that clopidogrel increases the risk of cancer or death from cancer. In order to investigate the increased risk of death and cancer-related death reported with clopidogrel in the DAPT trial, FDA examined the results of the DAPT trial and other large, long-term clinical trials of clopidogrel with data available on rates of death, death from cancer, or cancer reported as an adverse event. FDA performed meta-analyses of other long-term clinical trials to assess the effects of clopidogrel on death rates from all causes. The results indicate that long-term (12 months or longer) ... Read more

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Extracting Clot Beats Clot-Busting Drug Alone in Study of Stroke Patients

Posted 3 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 – Extracting a stroke-causing blood clot is better than just using a clot-busting drug for preserving brain function, a new analysis concludes. About 45 percent of patients who underwent the clot-removal procedure experienced functional independence at 90 days, compared with about 32 percent of patients treated with the clot-busting IV medication called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), the researchers found. The evidence also showed that clot removal is as safe as tPA, said senior study author Dr. Saleh Almenawer, a neurosurgeon at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. "We didn't find more deaths, and we didn't find this therapy to cause more brain bleeds," Almenawer said. Stroke victims appeared to have the best chances of all if doctors used an angiogram to locate the offending blood clot, if the latest clot-removal device was used, and if patients were ... Read more

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Sweetened Drinks Might Raise Men's Risk for Heart Failure

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – People who regularly consume sodas or sweetened fruit drinks may have a higher risk for heart failure, researchers report. In the study, Swedish men who drank two or more servings of sweetened beverages a day had a 23 percent higher risk of suffering heart failure, said lead author Susanna Larsson, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. "People who regularly consume sweetened beverages should consider reducing their consumption to lower their risk of heart failure as well as obesity and type 2 diabetes and possibly other diseases," Larsson said. Sweetened drinks have been linked to stroke, diabetes, obesity and other health problems, but so far scant attention has been paid to the effects of excess sugar on heart health, said Dr. Christopher O'Connor, director of the Heart Center at Duke University School of Medicine and ... Read more

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Few Americans Know Warning Signs of Stroke

Posted 27 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 – One in three people can't list any warning signs of stroke, research from the American Stroke Association shows. However, the association added that putting common stroke symptoms into the lyrics of a song could help more people recognize when someone is having a stroke. And that could save lives. In honor of World Stroke Day on Oct. 29, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association urges people to learn the "F.A.S.T. Song," to help remember how to spot common signs of a brain attack and what to do if one occurs. If someone has a stroke near you, the F.A.S.T. song tells you what to do. The letter F stands for face, if one half droops, no time to waste. The letter A means an arm that's weak. The letter S means it's hard to speak. The letter T means it's time to dial 9-1-1. Call right away so help will come. Learn the song to show you care, and help ... Read more

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Death Rates From Major Illnesses Fall in U.S.

Posted 27 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 – Fewer Americans are dying from heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and injuries, a new study reveals. American Cancer Society researchers analyzed age-standardized rates of death for six leading diseases and conditions over nearly five decades and found significant progress overall. However, deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – a debilitating disease often caused by smoking – increased dramatically during the time period studied, 1969 to 2013. The COPD death rate reflects the different smoking patterns among men and women. COPD deaths have started to decrease among men, since males started smoking – and quitting – years earlier. But COPD deaths are still increasing among women, who took up smoking later and began quitting later, the researchers said. "We continue to make progress in reducing death rates from five of the six major ... Read more

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Pot Use Tied to Specific Type of Stroke in Young

Posted 26 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 26, 2015 – Young adults who use marijuana are more likely to suffer strokes caused by narrowing of the arteries in the skull than those who don't use the drug, a new study finds. Prior research has identified a link between marijuana use and stroke, but this study is the first to examine differences in stroke between marijuana users and non-users. The findings may help efforts to pinpoint what causes strokes in marijuana users, the researchers said. A team led by Dr. Valerie Wolff, at the University Hospital of Strasbourg in France, examined 334 patients younger than 45 who suffered an ischemic stroke – an attack caused by blocked blood flow to the brain. Fifty-eight of the patients were marijuana users. The study couldn't prove that marijuana caused strokes, but Wolff's team did find some differences in stroke characteristics between pot users and non-users. For example, ... Read more

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Magnetic Brain Stimulation Offers Promise for Stroke Victims: Study

Posted 21 Oct 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2015 – Stimulating the unaffected side of a stroke patient's brain might one day help restore arm movement, according to a new study. After a severe stroke, many patients have little or no movement in the arm on the stroke-affected side of their body. Little can be done now to help them. This study of 30 stroke patients found that transcranial magnetic stimulation of the undamaged side of the brain can affect arm movements. The results suggest that this noninvasive therapy, which uses a magnet to increase activity in a specific region of the brain, could help patients regain some use of stroke-affected arms. "Little research has looked at this severely impaired population – most is aimed at improving relatively mild movement impairments – and, as a consequence, no validated treatment is available to help those with the most severe disabilities," said study ... Read more

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Study Links Flu Vaccine to Short-Term Drop in Stroke Risk

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 – With flu season underway, many people will choose to be vaccinated, in the hopes of warding off a debilitating bout of fever, sneezes, coughs and aches. But a new British study suggests they may end up getting a bonus protection they hadn't even considered: a drop in their short-term risk for stroke. According to a team of scientists from the University of Lincoln, the flu shot seems associated with a reduced risk for stroke by about one-fifth over two months. However, the study did not prove that the flu vaccine causes a drop in stroke risk. Exactly why there seems to be an association between the two remains unclear. Study co-author Niro Siriwardena said that evidence of the flu vaccine's impact on stroke risk does not come as a complete surprise, since earlier research has shown a similar link. "The main surprise about the finding," he said, "is that the ... Read more

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Job Stress Tied to Stroke Risk, Study Suggests

Posted 14 Oct 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 – Having a high-stress job, particularly one that is demanding but offers little personal control, may raise the risk for a stroke, Chinese researchers report. An analysis of six previously published studies from several countries included nearly 140,000 people who were followed for up to 17 years. It found those with high-stress jobs had a 22 percent higher risk of stroke than those with low-stress jobs. Among women, the increased risk was even higher – 33 percent, the researchers reported. "Many mechanisms may be involved in the association between high-stress jobs and the risk of stroke," said lead researcher Dr. Yuli Huang, from the department of cardiology at Southern Medical University in Guangzhou. Most important, high-stress jobs may lead to unhealthy behaviors, such as poor eating habits, smoking and a lack of exercise, Huang said. "It is vital for ... Read more

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Many Doctors Admit Difficulty in Treating Unexplained Stroke: Poll

Posted 9 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 – More than half of American doctors do not feel confident that they can spot the reason for a stroke that strikes in the absence of a clearly established cause. The poll, conducted by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA), involved more than 650 neurologists, cardiologists, hospitalists, primary care physicians and stroke coordinators. The survey questions focused on the degree to which such medical professionals felt adequately informed about so-called "cryptogenic strokes," which are strokes that remain unexplained even after comprehensive testing. "The ability to discern the causes of cryptogenic strokes has profound implications for preventing secondary strokes and improving patient outcomes," Dr. Mary Ann Bauman, chair of the American Stroke Association's advisory committee, said in an AHA/ASA news release. Bauman ... Read more

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Colds, Flu Up Odds for Stroke in Kids, Though Risk Is Low: Study

Posted 30 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – Having a cold or the flu may sometimes trigger a stroke in children – particularly those with underlying health conditions – though the overall risk remains low, a new study indicates. Comparing two groups of more than 350 children – one set had suffered "ischemic" clot-based strokes and the other had not – researchers found that those with stroke were six times more likely to have had a minor infection the previous week than those who didn't have a stroke. Also, children who had most or all of their routine vaccinations were significantly less likely to suffer a stroke than children who received only some or no vaccinations, according to the study, published online Sept. 30 in the journal Neurology. "The findings are definitely revelatory in terms of expanding our understanding of childhood stroke compared to a decade ago," said study author Dr. Heather ... Read more

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Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk of Depression

Posted 25 Sep 2015 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 – People with sleep apnea are at increased risk for depression, but continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for their apnea may ease their depression, a new study suggests. The Australian study included 293 men and women who were newly diagnosed with sleep apnea. Nearly 73 percent had depression when the study began. The worse their apnea, the more severe their depression. However, after three months, only 4 percent of the 228 apnea patients who used CPAP for an average of at least five hours a night still had clinically significant symptoms of depression. At the start of the study, 41 patients reported thinking about harming themselves or feeling they would be better off dead. After three months of CPAP therapy, none of them had persistent suicidal thoughts. The study appears in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. "Effective ... Read more

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