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

Posted 2 days 4 hours ago 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 4 days ago 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

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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 10 days ago 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 10 days ago 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 19 days ago 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 ...

Are Stroke Patients Skipping Rehab?

Posted 24 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 – Rehabilitation plays a crucial role in stroke recovery, but many patients could be missing out on it, a small study suggests. For the study, researchers contacted 369 North Carolina stroke patients who were referred to rehabilitation either when they left the hospital or at a follow-up visit within 14 days. Of 115 patients referred to home rehab services, 43.5 percent ...

Early Periods, Higher Heart Risks?

Posted 16 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 – Women whose periods started before age 12 may face an increased risk for heart disease and stroke, a new British study suggests. Early menopause, pregnancy complications and hysterectomy are also associated with a higher risk for heart disease and stroke, according to the research. "More frequent cardiovascular screening would seem to be sensible among women who are ...

Flu Can Have Dangerous Domino Effect on Older Adults

Posted 3 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Dec. 3, 2017 – Even months after recovering from the flu, older people remain at increased risk for a heart attack, stroke or disability, a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases warns. "We all know about the illness influenza causes – obviously fever and making you feel poorly, aches and pains – and that is because it sets up a systemic inflammatory response," said Dr. William ...

Take Heart, Coffee Lovers, Morning Joe May Help Your Ticker

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – Coffee fiends, rejoice: Every cup of joe you guzzle could drive down your risk for heart problems, a new preliminary study suggests. "Drinking that cup of coffee that you love may be associated with decreased risk of stroke, heart failure and coronary heart disease," said lead researcher Laura Stevens. She's a data scientist for the American Heart Association's Institute ...

'Upside' to Diabetes Really Isn't

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Type 2 diabetes can reduce your chances for a rare but potentially fatal weakness of blood vessels, a new study says. But while this may sound like good news, it's not. Swedish investigators found that type 2 diabetes significantly decreases the long-term risks of aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection, two conditions that can lead to internal bleeding due to rupture ...

Uptick in U.S. Stroke Deaths Sets Off Alarms: CDC

Posted 6 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 – Progress in preventing stroke deaths in the United States has stalled after 40 years of decline, and may even be reversing, government health officials say. Stroke deaths increased significantly among Hispanics and in the South between 2013 and 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday. "This report is a wake-up call because 80 ...

There May Be a Big Medical Upside to Being Short

Posted 6 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 – There may be at least one advantage to being short: a lower risk for dangerous blood clots in the veins, a new study shows. These clots, called venous thromboembolisms, include blockages known as DVTs (deep vein thrombosis), which typically start in the legs and can travel to the lungs, raising a person's odds for stroke. Sometimes DVTs occur after long-haul flights, so ...

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