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Health Tip: Using Aspirin Therapy

Posted 2 days 13 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- Aspirin therapy may help reduce the risk of heart attack by thinning the blood and preventing clots. But it's not safe for everyone. The University of California - Davis Health System says you should be wary of aspirin therapy if you: Have kidney or liver disease. Drink three or more alcoholic beverages daily. Have uncontrolled high blood pressure. Take a blood-thinning medication. Have any possible symptoms of stroke. Read more

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High-Salt Diets May Raise Heart Risks for Kidney Patients

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – People with chronic kidney disease face higher odds of heart attack or stroke if they have high-salt diets, a new study suggests. "Moderate sodium reduction among patients with chronic kidney disease and high sodium intake may lower [heart] risk," concluded a team led by Dr. Jiang He, of Tulane University in New Orleans. About one in every 10 Americans is affected by chronic kidney disease, and more than one-third of U.S. adults have heart disease, the researchers noted. The role of daily salt intake in kidney patients – and its effect on heart risk – hasn't been clear, however. To learn more, the investigators looked at outcomes for almost 3,800 patients with chronic kidney disease at seven locations across the United States. The patients provided urine samples to researchers at the beginning of the study in 2003, and then once a year over the next two years. ... Read more

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Elderly Benefit From Intensive Blood Pressure Treatment

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 – Intensive treatment of high blood pressure reduces older adults' risk of heart disease without increasing their risk of falls or other complications, a new study shows. "These findings have substantial implications for the future of high blood pressure therapy in older adults because of its high prevalence in this age group, and because of the devastating consequences high blood pressure complications can have on the independent function of older people," said study author Dr. Jeff Williamson. He is a professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, N.C. These new results come from the U.S. National Institutes of Health's Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). The study included more than 2,600 patients, aged 75 and older. They were randomly assigned to one of two groups: either an intensive ... Read more

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Aspirin After Mini-Stroke May Help Prevent Full-Blown Stroke

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 – Taking aspirin immediately after a mini-stroke significantly reduces the risk of a major stroke, a new study suggests. Right after a mini-stroke, people have a 1,000 times higher risk of major stroke than people in the general population, the researchers noted. The new study included data from about 56,000 people. The researchers found that taking aspirin after a mini-stroke – also called a transient ischemic attack, or TIA – reduced the risk of a disabling or fatal stroke over the next few days and weeks by 70 percent to 80 percent. The study was published May 18 in The Lancet. "Our findings confirm the effectiveness of urgent treatment after TIA and minor stroke, and show that aspirin is the most important component. Immediate treatment with aspirin can substantially reduce the risk and severity of early recurrent stroke," said lead researcher Peter ... Read more

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5 Warning Signs of Stroke

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 – Knowing five sudden and severe warning signs of stroke can help save lives and reduce the number of people living with disabilities, a stroke expert says. " 'Sudden' and 'severe' are key words, but if in doubt, do not take chances," Dr. Doojin Kim, a neurologist at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, said in a hospital news release. The American Stroke Association urges anyone who notices the following sudden and severe signs of stroke to immediately dial 911: Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body). Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech. Sudden vision problems in one or both eyes. Sudden difficulty walking or dizziness, loss of balance or problems with coordination. Severe headache with no known cause. Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. People having a ... Read more

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Stroke Hospitalization Down for Many in U.S.

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 – While Americans suffered fewer strokes overall from 2000 to 2010, stroke rates climbed substantially among younger adults and blacks, a new study found. Hospitalizations for strokes caused by artery blockages dropped 18.4 percent overall during the decade, with greater decreases among the elderly, University of Southern California researchers found. Within the overall decrease, however, some groups saw an increase in hospitalizations as the burden of stroke shifted to younger adults. For example, although stroke hospitalizations dropped 50 percent for people 65 and older, they increased nearly 49 percent among 25- to 64 year-olds. Stroke hospitalizations also varied by race – up almost 14 percent among blacks. Dr. Paul Wright, chair of neurology at North Shore University Hospital, in Manhasset, N.Y., said, "There are things we can do to help prevent strokes." ... Read more

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Blood Pressure Patterns May Predict Stroke Risk

Posted 10 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 9, 2016 – Instead of relying on individual blood pressure readings, doctors should review the overall pattern to predict a patient's risk of stroke or early death, new research suggests. "Our study suggests that looking at someone's blood pressure over time and whether it increases slowly or steeply may provide additional information above only the level of blood pressure at a certain time," said researcher Dr. Marileen Portegies. She is with the department of epidemiology at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke. But, most studies assessing risk have looked only at measurements taken at a single point in time, the researchers said in background notes. For this new study, Portegies and her colleagues collected 20 years of data on the systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood ... Read more

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New Guidelines Recommend Inpatient Rehab After Stroke

Posted 4 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 – If possible, people who've had a stroke should be sent directly to inpatient rehabilitation after their hospital discharge. This would be instead of a skilled nursing facility or nursing home, according to new guidelines by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). Inpatient rehabilitation may be part of the hospital. Or, it may be a freestanding facility. Ideally, stroke patients should begin their rehabilitation before they even leave the hospital. For example, they should start to learn how to prevent falls while still in the hospital, the groups recommend. This includes tips on how to make their home safer such as by removing throw rugs and improving lighting. Patients should also learn about the side effects of their medication and how to use devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and canes before they leave the hospital, the ... Read more

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Lonely, Isolated People May Be Prone to Heart Disease, Stroke

Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 – Lonely and isolated people may face a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, researchers report. Social isolation raised that risk by about 30 percent, exerting the same level of influence on heart health as risk factors such as anxiety and job stress, the British review found. "Addressing loneliness and social isolation could have an important role in the prevention of two of the leading causes of ill health and mortality worldwide," said lead researcher Nicole Valtorta, a research fellow in the department of health sciences at the University of York. "We take risk factors like obesity and physical inactivity for granted, whereas we do not yet with social isolation and loneliness," she said. "The data from our study support us taking it seriously." But this analysis could not prove that loneliness and social isolation caused heart problems or strokes, only ... Read more

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Fruit Every Day Might Help Your Heart, Researchers Say

Posted 6 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 – Eating fresh fruit regularly may help prevent heart attacks and strokes, a large study out of China suggests. Adults who ate fresh fruit, such as apples and oranges, every day had about a one-third reduced risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, compared to those who rarely or never ate fruit, researchers found. "Fruit consumption is important for your cardiovascular health," said lead researcher Dr. Liming Li, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, in Beijing. Study participants who ate fruit most often had lower blood pressure and blood sugar than less frequent fruit eaters, which may account for the reduced risk for heart attacks and strokes, Li said. Due to the nature of the study, however, it could not prove that fruit consumption caused the lower risk of heart attack and stroke, just that there was an association, Li said. For ... Read more

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Harmful Artery-Stiffening Seen in Healthy 40-Year-Olds

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 – Even healthy, young adults may have hardening of the arteries that can harm their brain health, a new study suggests. Brain changes that can lead to mental decline and Alzheimer's disease later in life have been found in people in their 40s, the researchers reported. The new study shows "that increasing arterial stiffness is detrimental to the brain, and that increasing stiffness and brain injury begin in early middle life, before we commonly think of prevalent diseases such as atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease or stroke having an impact," said study author Pauline Maillard. She is a researcher in the department of neurology and Center for Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis. "These results may be a new avenue of treatment to sustain brain health," she added in a university news release. The study included about 1,900 participants in the ... Read more

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Right Brain Scan Could Aid in Stroke Recovery: Study

Posted 31 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 – Examining the right side of the brain might help predict speech and language recovery in people who suffer a stroke on the left side of the brain, researchers say. The left side of the brain is dominant in language and speech. And, stroke damage on that side often results in difficulty speaking, naming, repeating and understanding language – a condition called aphasia, explained the authors of the study, published March 30 in the journal Neurology. "Aphasia is a common and devastating symptom for people who have strokes on the left side of the brain," said study author Dr. Gottfried Schlaug of Harvard Medical School, in Boston. "Although many people recover to some degree, many people never make a full recovery, even after intense speech therapy," he said in a journal news release. Schlaug and his colleagues used MRI brain scans and speech-fluency tests to ... Read more

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Do-It-Yourself Blood Pressure Checks May Help Spot Heart, Stroke Risk

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 28, 2016 – Keeping track of your blood pressure at home may provide a better indicator of your risk for heart disease and stroke than waiting to have it taken by your doctor, Japanese researchers report. The study found the risk for heart disease and stroke was greater for patients whose morning systolic blood pressure – the top number – measured at home was 145 mm Hg compared with reading of less than 125 mm Hg. "In clinical practice, morning home blood pressure may predict heart disease and stroke better than office blood pressure, and be more effective in managing high blood pressure," said lead researcher, Dr. Kazuomi Kario. He's a professor and chairman of the division of cardiovascular medicine at Jichi Medical University School of Medicine in Tochigi, Japan. "Few reports have investigated the predictive ability of home blood pressure for heart disease and ... Read more

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Skipping Meds Greatly Ups Heart Patients' Risk of Stroke: Study

Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 28, 2016 – People at risk for heart disease are much more likely to die from a stroke if they don't take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and blood pressure medications as prescribed, a new study reports. Folks with high blood pressure and high cholesterol had a seven times greater risk of suffering a fatal stroke if they didn't follow their drug regimen to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The study findings were published online March 28 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Fatal stroke risk also increased if these patients stuck to one type of medication but not both, the researchers found. For example, if patients kept taking blood pressure medication but dropped their statins, their risk of dying from a stroke increased by 82 percent. Turning the tables, they had a 30 percent added risk of stroke if they took their statins but didn't take their ... Read more

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Many With Irregular Heartbeat Missing Out on Stroke-Preventing Treatments

Posted 16 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 – Doctors know that a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation increases the odds for stroke. But less than half of "a-fib" patients at highest risk for stroke are prescribed recommended blood thinners by their cardiologists, new research finds. "The findings of our study are surprising given that these patients with atrial fibrillation were treated by a cardiovascular specialist, who should be aware of guideline recommendations" for anticoagulants, such as warfarin, said study lead author Dr. Jonathan Hsu. He is a cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Hsu's team tracked more than 400,000 atrial fibrillation patients in the United States for four years. The investigators found that most were prescribed blood-thinning drugs up to a point. But more than 50 percent of the very highest-risk patients ... Read more

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