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Insights Into Women and Stroke Risk

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TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 – You might be surprised to learn that stroke is the number three killer of women. Women and men have many of the same risk factors for stroke, but some – like high blood pressure, migraine with aura, diabetes and stress – tend to be stronger or more common in women. Your risk is also influenced by hormones, reproductive health and other sex-related factors. These recent ...

FDA Warns of Rare Stroke Risk With MS Drug Lemtrada (Alemtuzumab)

Posted 7 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 – A new warning has been added to the multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) after rare reports of patients suffering strokes and tears in the lining of the arteries in the head and neck, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. Most patients with these problems – which can lead to permanent disability and death – developed symptoms within a day of receiving ...

AHA: Infections May Be a Trigger for Heart Attack, Stroke

Posted 14 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol are well-known risk factors for cardiovascular disease. But what about just getting sick? Could picking up some type of bug increase your chance of having a stroke or heart attack? A new study suggests it could. Researchers have linked infections such as pneumonia and urinary tract ...

AHA: Warm, Wet Weather Linked to Better Outcomes for Stroke Survivors

Posted 17 Nov 2018 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Rainy days may bring a lot more than relief from summer heat – they also are connected to better survival chances and overall outlook for stroke survivors, according to a new study. Researchers examining the connection between strokes and seasonal weather in the United States found that hospital admissions for ischemic strokes, those caused ...

AHA: Young Golfer Returns to Sport He Loves After Stroke

Posted 7 Nov 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) – After stepping out of his golf cart on the 18th fairway, Andrew Lask Jr. felt dizzy and wobbled a bit. He was playing a charity event at Tamarack Country Club in Greenwich, Conn., where, at age 25, Lask was their youngest teaching professional. He tried to focus, but when he looked down at the ball, he became even dizzier. "My playing ...

High Blood Pressure in Young Adults Tied to Earlier Strokes

Posted 6 Nov 2018 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 – Two new studies suggest that when people under 40 develop high blood pressure, their risk of early heart disease and stroke go up significantly. The first study found that in a group of about 5,000 young American adults, having high blood pressure was linked to as much as a 3.5 times higher risk of heart disease and stroke. The second study looked at nearly 2.5 million ...

One Man's Journey Back From Stroke at 52

Posted 1 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 – Price Woodward was the picture of health at age 52. He lived an active lifestyle and ran marathons. He was definitely not the type of person you'd expect to have a stroke. But one night, his wife, Tammy, heard a strange noise coming from the other side of the bed. She turned on the light and Price started talking to her, but she couldn't understand what he was saying. ...

Hospital Infections in Stroke Patients Raise Other Risks

Posted 1 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 – When stroke patients get an infection while in the hospital, that may raise the chances they will wind up back in the hospital later, new research suggests. Researchers examined data on more than 319,000 U.S. patients who had an ischemic stroke (blocked blood flow to the brain) who were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. Overall, any type of ...

Vaccine to Stop Recurrent Strokes Shows Promise in Mice

Posted 29 Oct 2018 by

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 – Stroke remains a major killer. But could a simple vaccine help prevent a recurrence in stroke survivors someday? That's the promise from new Japanese research conducted in mice. A vaccine that would replace or be used alongside standard heart pills might help prevent secondary strokes and possibly heart attacks, saving many lives, said study co-author Dr. Hironori ...

Does Stroke Run in Your Family? Healthy Living Lowers the Risk

Posted 25 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 – Has stroke hit your family particularly hard? A healthy lifestyle may be your best defense, new research shows. The study of more than 306,000 white British people found that exercising, eating right and not smoking lowered stroke risk – even for those whose DNA predisposed them to the attacks. The findings "highlight the potential of lifestyle measures to reduce risk ...

Stroke After Heart Attack: Danger May Persist for Months

Posted 22 Oct 2018 by

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 – After a heart attack, your risk for a stroke is elevated longer than previously believed, preliminary results of a new study suggest. "A heart attack is a risk factor for stroke for at least three months," said researcher Dr. Alexander Merkler, an assistant professor of neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. "That's big news because all the data we ...

Stroke Rates Higher Among Pot Users

Posted 19 Oct 2018 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 – As the use of marijuana is growing, with Canada legalizing the drug just this week, a new study that ties pot to a raised risk for stroke might give users pause. The risk for any stroke could increase by 15 percent and it could jump 29 percent for an ischemic stroke – the most common kind, said lead investigator Dr. Krupa Patel. She is a research physician at Avalon ...

Metformin Might Help Shield the Heart From Smog's Ill Effects

Posted 12 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 – The diabetes drug metformin may offer protection from heart attacks caused by smog, preliminary research suggests. Working with human lung tissue and mice, Northwestern University researchers found that metformin reduces pollution-triggered inflammation linked to heart attack and stroke. "These findings suggest metformin as a potential therapy to prevent some of the ...

AHA: Interpreters Are Key for Stroke Patients Struggling to Understand

Posted 11 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Before he stood in rooms at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas interpreting between Spanish-speaking patients and English-speaking health care providers, Cruz Ramirez did so informally as a child. When his parents and grandparents couldn't understand a diagnosis or information being delivered by doctors, young Ramirez was the messenger. ...

'Culturally Tailored' Program Helps Hispanics Cut Stroke Risk

Posted 11 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 – A program to teach Hispanic stroke patients skills to lower their blood pressure and reduce their risk of another stroke was a big success, according to a new study. The study included 552 white, black and Hispanic stroke patients from four New York City hospitals. All were randomly assigned either to a control group that received usual discharge instructions and stroke ...

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