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As Stroke 'Liquefies' Brain Tissue, Lasting Harm May Spread

Posted 23 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – Brain tissue damaged by a stroke can liquefy, become toxic and then harm remaining healthy parts of the brain – possibly causing dementia, new research in mice suggests. "Most people probably assume that the brain heals in the same way as other tissues, but it doesn't," researcher Kristian Doyle said in a news release from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in ...

Blacks May Face Higher Stroke Risk From AFib

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – Race may play a role in just how dangerous atrial fibrillation – the common irregular heartbeat – might be. New research finds that the risk of stroke is much higher in black Americans with afib than in whites with the condition. It's known that atrial fibrillation, which is common with advancing age, raises the odds of blood clots, stroke and heart failure. While ...

Stroke May Not Mean Language Loss for Newborns

Posted 18 Feb 2018 by

SATURDAY, Feb. 17, 2018 – Strokes in babies may not have the same lasting effects as they do in adults, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Georgetown University Medical Center found that people who'd had a stroke as a newborn that damaged the left side of their brain – the side that normally controls language – used the other side of their brain for language. "Their language is good – ...

Could a Blood Thinner Actually Raise Stroke Risk for Some?

Posted 16 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Taking blood-thinning drugs is typically thought to ward off stroke in people with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation. However, new research out of Britain hints – but cannot prove – that the drugs might actually raise the odds of stroke in seniors with a-fib who also have kidney disease. "Chronic kidney disease is common among older people, and one in ...

Short as a Child, Stroke Risk as an Adult?

Posted 15 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Researchers from Denmark are suggesting a potential – and unusual – risk factor for stroke: Being short as a kid. The investigators found that men and women who had been about 2 inches taller than average at age 7 had, as adults, up to an 11 percent lower risk for an ischemic stroke. That's the type of stroke caused by a blood clot. The risk for a hemorrhagic stroke ...

Don't Count on an American to Do CPR

Posted 10 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 – If someone collapsed in front of you, could you perform CPR? If you answered no, you're hardly alone. Just over half of Americans know how to perform the emergency procedure. And even fewer know the recommended hands-only technique for bystanders, a new Cleveland Clinic survey reveals. The survey also found that many Americans can't tell the difference between heart attack ...

Women Fare Worse Than Men After a Stroke

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – Women tend to have a tougher time recovering from a stroke than men do, though the reasons aren't completely clear, researchers say. On average, female stroke survivors reported more limitations in their day-to-day activities than male survivors did, according to a review of 22 studies. Female survivors also were more likely to develop depression after their stroke and ...

The Risk Factors That Make Women More Likely To Have A Stroke

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – Stroke affects more women than men in the United States. And a new study pinpoints stroke risk factors unique to females. "Many people don't realize that women suffer stroke more frequently than men, and mortality is much higher among women," said Dr. Kathryn Rexrode, the study's corresponding author. "As women age, they are much more likely to have a stroke as a first ...

'Hole in Heart' Defect May Raise Stroke Risk After Surgery

Posted 6 Feb 2018 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 – People born with a hole in their heart face an increased risk for stroke after surgery, a new study finds. This common type of birth defect – known as patent foramen ovale (PFO) – is a hole between the upper chambers of the heart that does not close after birth. "We already knew that a PFO increases the risk of a second stroke in people who have previously had a ...

Keep Working to Protect Your Brain After a Mild Stroke

Posted 26 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – Work may be good medicine for the brains of people who suffer mild strokes, a new study out of Israel suggests. The study included 252 working-age adults whose mental functioning was evaluated one and two years after a mild stroke. Those who had jobs before and after their stroke were less likely to experience mental decline, the researchers said. Compared to those who ...

Will Certain Foods Bolster Brain Health After Stroke?

Posted 26 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – Stroke survivors who eat plenty of leafy greens, fish and other healthy foods may help preserve their brain function as time goes on, a preliminary study suggests. Researchers found the benefits among stroke survivors who most closely followed the principles of the so-called "MIND" diet. It pulls together elements from two eating plans known to improve heart health: the ...

Stroke Takes Greater Toll on One Group of Americans

Posted 26 Jan 2018 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 – Asian-Americans are more likely than whites to suffer a severe ischemic stroke. They also face a tougher recovery, researchers report. An ischemic stroke – the most common type – is caused by blocked blood flow to the brain. The study "highlights the need for more focused research, improved stroke prevention and possibly different treatment strategies for ...

Pill Combo May Do More to Reduce Stroke Risk

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – A special combination of cholesterol- and blood pressure-lowering pills may be best at cutting the odds of stroke for people at high risk, new research shows. Taking daily doses of two blood pressure medications and a cholesterol-lowering drug reduced first-time strokes by 44 percent among people at risk for heart disease, researchers found. The combination worked ...

Expanded Use of Clot-Removing Procedure, Thrombectomy, Could Change Stroke Care

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – A procedure that plucks stroke-causing clots from blood vessels in the brain may be useful in many more patients than previously thought, new research shows. In the emergency procedure, called thrombectomy, doctors snake a catheter device through blood vessels to grab and remove the blockage. Now, a major new study finds that the procedure remains effective in patients ...

Many Stroke Survivors Don't Improve Health Habits

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 – While you might think most people would try to change unhealthy behaviors after a major health scare like a stroke, new research suggests most people don't. They may even pick up worse habits. Fewer than 1 in 100 stroke survivors met all seven heart-health goals identified by the American Heart Association. And just 1 in 5 met four of those goals. Dubbed "Life's Simple ...

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