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AHA: Mother of Three Didn't Know What a Stroke Was -- 'Til She Had One

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) – On the morning of Dec. 24, 2016, Maria Juarez awoke in her San Antonio home with a bad headache. She also noticed something wrong with her hearing – she thought water from the previous night's shower had lodged in her ear. She proceeded to make breakfast for her three young children, but she got dizzy as she tried to lift her 1-year-old ...

AHA: Spotting, Treating Stroke Quickly Was Key to Maine Woman's Survival

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Before her pre-dawn runs, Sarah Belliveau likes fueling herself with a cup of coffee. The morning of June 15, 2017, she couldn't. She forgot how. "I remember looking at the machine and knowing I needed to push the button," she said, "but there was a disconnect between what my brain was telling me and what my body could do." Moments later, ...

Scans Can Tell How Long Ago a Stroke Occurred

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 – A new MRI scanning technique can help doctors better nail down when a person has suffered a stroke and whether clot-busting drugs will help preserve their brain. This technique could save the brains of some people who suffer "wake-up" strokes, where symptoms become apparent after they wake from a night's sleep, said lead researcher Dr. Gotz Thomalla, a neurologist with ...

After 'Mini-Stroke,' Drug Combo (Aspirin Plus Clopidogrel) Could Help Cut Odds for Major Attack

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 – A dual-drug approach after a "mini-stroke" might maximize a person's odds of avoiding a more major stroke in the months after, research shows. Minor strokes and events known as "transient ischemic attacks" (TIA), or mini-strokes, are warning signs that people have an up to 15 percent chance of having a more severe stroke during the next three months, explained a team ...

Could Time in a Sauna Lower Your Stroke Risk?

Posted 3 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 – Older adults who like to bask in the heat of a sauna may be less likely to suffer a stroke, a new study suggests. The study, of more than 1,600 Finnish adults, found that those who hit the sauna at least four times a week were about 60 percent less likely to suffer a stroke over the next 15 years – versus people who had only one weekly sauna session. Finland is the ...

TNKase (Tenecteplase): A Better Clot-Buster Drug for Strokes?

Posted 26 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 – After a stroke, many patients are given the clot-busting intravenous drug alteplase, but another drug may be more effective, Australian researchers report. Among more than 200 stroke victims, TNKase (tenecteplase) was about twice as effective as alteplase in restoring blood flow to the brain, and it also resulted in less disability, the scientists found. "Tenecteplase ...

Magnetic Heart Pump Cuts Risk of Blood Clots, Stroke in Study

Posted 11 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, March 11, 2018 – A new heart pump cuts the risk of blood clots and stroke in patients with heart failure, research funded by the device maker shows. The study included 366 patients who received either Abbott Inc.'s HeartMate 3 left ventricular assist device or the HeartMate II. Two years after getting the devices, 151 of the 190 patients (79.5 percent) who got the HeartMate 3 had not ...

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

Posted 23 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Aspirin as Good a Clot Buster as Pricey Drugs After Joint Replacement

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – Good old aspirin is just as effective as newer, expensive drugs at preventing blood clots after hip or knee replacement, a new clinical trial suggests. Researchers said the findings could change some doctors' prescribing habits. After knee or hip replacement surgery, there's a risk of blood clots in the legs or lungs. So it's routine for patients to take ...

Blacks May Face Higher Stroke Risk From AFib

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Could a Blood Thinner Actually Raise Stroke Risk for Some?

Posted 16 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

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

Posted 6 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Fish Oil Supplements May Not Help Your Heart: Study

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 – Claims that fish oil supplements help prevent death from heart disease, heart attacks and stroke may be unfounded, British research suggests. Millions of people take fish oil supplements, hoping to benefit from the omega-3 fatty acids they contain. And the American Heart Association recommends omega-3 fatty acids supplements for people with a history of heart disease. ...

Migraines Tied to Higher Heart Trouble Risk

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – Migraine sufferers might have to worry about more than just dealing with debilitating headaches. Migraine patients could also face an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and irregular heart rates, a new study suggests. The risk to heart health appears to be strongest in the first year after diagnosis of migraine, but persists for as long as two ...

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