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Clot-busting drug may help may help stroke patients beyond standard treatment window or after “wake-up stroke”

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Alteplase is a tissue […]

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Cost of clot-busting drug increases by 111 percent

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

“Stroke healthcare professionals really need to be aware of […]

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Stroke survivors’ caregiving costs more time and money than previously estimated

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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, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Researchers analyzed a large national study […]

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Closing PFO “hole in the heart” may prevent strokes

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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, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Researchers studied 980 stroke survivors, ages […]

Rapid symptom improvement may not indicate better stroke recovery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Stroke patients whose symptoms quickly improved before hospital arrival did not always have better recoveries than other patients, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

“Patients with very early rapid neurological improvement when first examined at the hospital still […]

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Number of strokes increase as pollution levels rise

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

The study, […]

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Imaging, not time, may determine who is right for stroke clot removal

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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, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

An ischemic stroke is caused […]

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Quicker clot removal may lead to better outcomes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The faster a blood clot causing a stroke is removed, the less disability a patient may have, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Previously, the SWIFT PRIME trial showed that patients with disabling ischemic (clot-caused) strokes were far […]

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At less cost, stroke survivors may live longer and better if clots are removed

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

At less cost, stroke survivors live longer and better if clot removal is added to clot-busting medication to treat ischemic strokes, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Researchers examined recovery three months after 70 patients experienced a moderate to […]

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Clot removal plus clot-busting drug improved outcomes for larger group of stroke patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Most trials investigating whether it is beneficial to add mechanical […]

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