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Clot buster use rises most among 80 and older stroke patients

Use of the clot busting drug tissue plasminogen activator for ischemic stroke has increased for every age group in recent years. But the magnitude of change has been greatest among the very elderly, 80 years and older, researchers report at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Historically, rates […]

February 12th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Clot buster use rises most among 80 and older stroke patients

Costs to treat bleeding strokes increase 10 years later

Costs to treat strokes caused by bleeding in the brain may increase significantly 10 years later, according to a study in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

The Australian study is the first to include 10 years of follow-up data on stroke cost estimates, which may also apply to the […]

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Low education, smoking, high blood pressure may lead to increased stroke risk

Adult smokers with limited education face a greater risk of stroke than those with a higher education, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

The combination of smoking and high blood pressure increased stroke risk the most, confirming earlier findings in numerous studies.

In a multicenter Danish […]

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More than 5 million treated through Get With The Guidelines

More than 5 million people have received heart and stroke care based on the latest research-based treatment guidelines, thanks to an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association program that helps hospitals follow those guidelines.

The association’s Get With The Guidelines program hit the 5 million-patient milestone this month and also the […]

Older migraine sufferers may be more likely to have silent brain injury

Older migraine sufferers may be more likely to have silent brain injury, according to research published Thursday in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

In the study, people with a history of migraine headaches had double the odds of ischemic silent brain infarction compared to people who said they didn’t have […]

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Consistent blood pressure control may cut rate of second stroke in half

Stroke survivors who consistently control their blood pressure may reduce the likelihood of a second stroke by more than half, according to new research released Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

For the study, researchers analyzed the results from the Vitamin Intervention for Stroke Prevention trial, which enrolled 3,680 […]

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: This stroke survivor is dedicated to helping others beat, avoid stroke

During a pleasant weekend visit with her mother, Amy Edmunds asked a question.

Then she asked it again. And again.

The repetition was so bizarre that Amy’s mom called 9-1-1. Before help arrived, Amy had another frightening problem: she couldn’t see.

But by the time the EMS crew arrived, everything was back […]

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One-third of young people who survive a stroke lose independence

One-third of people who survive a stroke before age 50 are unable to live independently or need assistance with daily activities 10 years after their stroke, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

About 10 percent of strokes occur in 18- and 50-year-olds.

“Even if patients seem relatively […]

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Cocaine greatly increases stroke risk within 24 hours of use

Cocaine greatly increases stroke risk in young adults within 24 hours of use, much more than other risk factors according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

Cocaine users were six to seven times more likely to suffer an ischemic stroke within 24 hours of using […]

February 12th, 2014|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Cocaine greatly increases stroke risk within 24 hours of use