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Featured research from ISC 2016:


Treatment may help post stroke
In addition to improving survival and reducing disability, mechanically removing the clot causing an ischemic stroke leads to better cognitive functioning.


Clot removal may save money, limit disability
Adding mechanical clot removal to clot-busting drugs could lower stroke survivors medical bills, decrease government healthcare as well as non-healthcare related costs, and increase the likelihood of the patient returning to work and participating in society.


Illustration of human head and brain Clot removal plus drug improve outcomes
Physically removing a blood clot causing a stroke combined with clot-busting drugs improves the outcome of patients more than giving clot-busting drugs alone


Graphic of a brain scan Removing clots may help survivors
At less cost, stroke survivors live longer and better if clot removal is added to clot-busting medication to treat ischemic strokes.


Brain illustration Quicker clot removal may be better
The faster a blood clot causing a stroke is removed, the less disability a patient may have.


Photo of Philip Bath American Stroke Association honors scientists
The American Stroke Association honored scientists on Wednesday who have devoted their careers to stroke research and groundbreaking studies, as well as young stroke researchers making notable contributions to today’s understanding of stroke.


Searching for answers about cryptogenic stroke
Healthcare professionals struggle with approaches to figuring out the causes of “cryptogenic” strokes, according to new survey.


Imaging may determine clot removal patients
Brain imaging may accurately identify patients likely to benefit from stroke clot removal instead of relying on the time since symptoms began as an indicator of treatment eligibility.


Strokes increase as pollution levels rise
Higher pollution levels were linked to a higher total number of strokes, and researchers said it reaffirmed the growing evidence that climate change and overall air quality contributes to cardiovascular disease.


Study: Targeting insulin resistance reduces stroke, heart attack risk
Enthusiasm is again surrounding a once best-selling diabetes drug that flamed out over the past decade – but this time it’s being looked at for helping certain stroke survivors, not diabetes patients.


Pregnancy in older age increases stroke, heart attack risk
Women who become pregnant at age 40 or older face a greater risk of stroke and heart attack later in life than women who become pregnant at a younger age.


Spiritual help may mean fewer disparities
Collaborating with spiritual organizations may help health professionals reach black women who have heart disease and stroke risk factors and little health knowledge.


Man in hospital bed Rapid improvements in relation to recovery
Stroke patients whose symptoms quickly improved before hospital arrival did not always have better recoveries than other patients.


Man suffering from migraine Migraine, aura linked to clot-caused stroke
People who have migraines with aura are more likely to have strokes caused by either a blood clot in the heart (cardio-embolic stroke) or a clot within the brain’s blood vessels (thrombotic stroke), compared to those that don’t have migraines with aura.


Doctor assisting stroke patient Hormones, worsening migraines link to stroke
Women experiencing worsening migraines while taking hormone replacement may face an increased risk of stroke.


Closing PFO may prevent strokes
Stroke survivors who also have patent foramen ovale, a hole in the heart, could benefit from a device that closes the PFO to help prevent future strokes.


Stroke caregiving costs more than estimated
The average annual estimated cost for caregiving for an elderly stroke survivor is about $11,300, which translates to about $40 billion annually among all Medicare beneficiaries.


Clot-busting drug cost increases by 111%
The cost of an effective, widely used clot-busting drug has more than doubled over the past decade, but Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement lags far behind.


Clot drug may help beyond standard window
The clot-busting drug alteplase may help salvage brain tissue even when it is given hours beyond the three-hour window after stroke onset or to patients suffering wake-up strokes.


Photo of nurse assisting stroke survivor Getting out of bed may improve results
In their aim to provide a guideline for healthcare providers about the timing, frequency and amount of in-hospital mobilization of stroke patients, researchers studied the care and recovery of more than 2,100 patients admitted to a hospital stroke unit.


Bleeding stroke, dementia onset association
Bleeding within the brain, or intracerebral hemorrhage, was associated with a high risk of developing dementia post stroke.


Therapy after stroke ‘Stroke camp’ offers caregivers support
Stroke camp provides caregivers with much needed peer support, emotional relief and learning opportunities.


Asian patient speaking with doctor Chinese support family care after stroke
Chinese cultural values underlie the willingness of family members to care for stroke survivors at home, so interventions to support caregivers should consider incorporating these values.


Checking temp, blood sugar may help recovery
Keeping close tabs on temperature and glucose (blood sugar) could improve the recovery of stroke patients.


Untreated HBP ups risk of bleeding stroke
Left untreated, high blood pressure may significantly increase your risk of developing a brain bleed.


Many stroke survivors may develop seizures
A substantial proportion of stroke survivors develop seizures in the years following their strokes.


Stenting as good as surgery in treating clogged neck arteries
A less invasive approach for preventing strokes by opening clogged neck arteries with a stent proved just as safe and effective as the gold-standard surgery.


Exosomes may be key player in rebuilding
Small vesicles secreted by cells help facilitate growth and development of blood vessels and neurons in the brain following a stroke.


Image of a brain Nanoparticles show early promise after bleed
Nanoparticles from ceria – a rare earth metal – might lessen inflammation in the brain following a bleeding stroke (hemorrhagic stroke).


Youthful gut bacteria linked to recovery
Restoring microorganisms in the gut to a youthful age was linked to improved stroke recovery in old mice.


Vaccine shows potential to protect the brain
A type of vaccine previously studied to treat high blood pressure may have the potential to protect the brain when administered before a stroke.


Alcohol before birth may amplify later issues
Exposure to alcohol before birth might impair kidney blood flow in adulthood and heighten neurological problems caused by a stroke.


Sleep, exercise can lower stroke risk
Getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night and exercising 30 to 60 minutes, three to six times a week, are healthy behaviors that can greatly reduce adults’ stroke risk.


Study: Mail order encourages med use
Stroke survivors who get medications by mail are more likely to take them as directed than patients who get medications from local pharmacies.


Obstruction more likely in some patients
Being older patients, black and having pre-existing illnesses, such as cancer, increase the likelihood of bowel obstruction in hospitalized ischemic stroke patients.


Woman talking to doctor Some have lower function after stroke
Female and minority stroke survivors reported less ability to function three months after their strokes than males and Caucasian patients.


Blood vessels New drug reverses blood thinner
A new medication reverses the blood-thinning effects of the anticoagulant dabigatran in patients suffering a brain bleed, potentially limiting the extent of bleeding.