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New target for post-stroke depression
MiRNAs likely play an important role in the occurrence and development of depression, and can be used as potential targets for treatment of depression. Studies have shown that miR-137 expression is downregulated in the brain from depression patients with suicidal behavior. Moreover, miR-137 expression is also downregulated in peripheral blood from stroke patients. However, it is not yet known if miRNAs are associated with post-stroke depression. To test this, Dr...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Management of hemiplegic shoulder pain post stroke
The incidence of shoulder pain post stroke was high. Thus, it is clinically significant to study the onset characteristics and pain management. Yi Zhu and colleagues from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China retrospectively investigated the characteristics of hemiplegic shoulder pain post stroke in patients from Nanjing, China, and discussed risk factors for hemiplegic shoulder pain post stroke and curative effects of different pain management treatment methods...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

The next step in stroke prevention: addressing both blood clotting and protection of the blood vessels
As growing numbers of America's baby boomers reach retirement, neuroscientists are expanding their efforts to understand and treat one of the leading health issues affecting this population: age-related neurological deterioration, including stroke and dementia. One factor coming under increased study is cerebral microbleeds, experienced by nearly 20 percent of people by age 60 and nearly 40 percent by age 80...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Cell-based treatment for stroke moves a step closer
Brain infarction or stroke is caused by a blood clot blocking a blood vessel in the brain, which leads to interruption of blood flow and shortage of oxygen. Now a reserach group at Lund University, Sweden, has taken an important step towards a treatment for stroke using stem cells. The research group shows in a new study, published in the scientific journal Brain, that so-called induced pluripotent stem cells have developed to mature nerve cells at two months after transplantation into the stroke-injured cerebral cortex of rats...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Brain damage reduced, brain hemorrhaging eliminated in rodents afflicted by stroke
An experimental drug called 3K3A-APC appears to reduce brain damage, eliminate brain hemorrhaging and improve motor skills in older stroke-afflicted mice and stroke-afflicted rats with comorbid conditions such as hypertension, according to a new study from Keck Medicine of USC. The study, which appears online in the journal Stroke, provides additional evidence that 3K3A-APC may be used as a therapy for stroke in humans, either alone or in combination with the FDA-approved clot-busting drug therapy tPA (tissue plasminogen activator)...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Effectiveness of clot-buster enhanced by ultrasound device in stroke patients
A study led by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) showed that a hands-free ultrasound device combined with a clot-busting drug was safe for ischemic stroke patients. The results of the phase II pilot study were reported in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. Lead author is Andrew D. Barreto, M.D., assistant professor of neurology in the Stroke Program at the UTHealth Medical School. Principal investigator is James C. Grotta, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Neurology at the UTHealth Medical School, the Roy M...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Cardiac rehab program recommended for stroke patients
Stroke patients who participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program for six months make rapid gains in how far and fast they can walk, the use of weakened limbs and their ability to sit and stand, according to a study presented today at the Canadian Stroke Congress. On average, participants saw a 21-per-cent improvement in the strength and range of motion of weakened limbs; a 19-per-cent improvement in walking speed; and a 16-per-cent improvement in the distance they could walk...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Despite recent FAST awareness campaign, only a minority of stroke victims seen by doctors within recommended timeframe
In a study, published online in the journal Age and Ageing, of over 270 patients newly diagnosed with minor strokes or transient ischaemic attack (TIA), only a minority sought medical help within the timeframe recommended by the Royal College of Physicians. This is despite the high profile FAST campaign, which was taking place at the time that the study was conducted. Rapid assessment and treatment of patients with TIA or minor stroke reduces the risk of early recurrent stroke...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Better outcomes for stroke victims admitted to Get With The Guidelines-Stroke hospitals
Award-winning Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke hospitals are more likely than Primary Stroke Center certified hospitals to provide all the recommended guideline-based care for patients, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke (GWTG-S) Performance Achievement Award (PAA) recognizes hospitals that meet specific criteria in following research-based guidelines for stroke care...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Stroke 'causes 60% loss of quality years'
For every 5 quality years of life, 3 are taken away for people who have had a stroke, long-term research has found - a loss of 60%. The study, published in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, involved 1,188 patients - 748 who had a stroke and 440 who had a transient ischemic attack (TIA). Researchers followed these patients for 5 years. The researchers used a measure called utility, which put a numerical value on the desirability of various health outcomes for patients responding to a questionnaire...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 10, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Compound that may prevent stroke in survivors of brain aneurysms
Johns Hopkins researchers, working with mice, say they have identified a chemical compound that reduces the risk of dangerous, potentially stroke-causing blood vessel spasms that often occur after the rupture of a bulging vessel in the brain. They say their findings offer clues about the biological mechanisms that cause vasospasm, or constriction of blood vessels that reduces oxygen flow to the brain, as well as potential means of treating the serious condition in humans...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Rates of 'clot-buster' treatment for stroke increased by telestroke service
A telestroke service increases the rate of effective tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) therapy for patients with acute ischemic stroke treated at community hospitals, according to a report in the October issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

New treatment for stroke recovery shows early success
Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have taken a step toward developing a new treatment to aid the recovery of limb function after strokes. In a study published online in the journal Neurobiology of Disease, researchers report the full recovery of forelimb strength in animals receiving vagus nerve stimulation. "Stroke is a leading cause of disability worldwide," said Dr. Navid Khodaparast, a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and lead author of the study. "Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Vitamin B may reduce risk of stroke
Researchers have uncovered evidence that suggests vitamin B supplements could help to reduce the risk of stroke, according to a study published in the journal Neurology. Vitamin B supplements are said to be beneficial for many health issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, dementia, Alzheimer's disease and heart disease. However, according to Xu Yuming of Zhengzhou University in Zhengzhou, China, previous studies have conflicting findings regarding the use of vitamin B supplements and stroke or heart attack...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Study: Racial, ethnic differences in outcomes following stroke known as subarachnoid hemorrhage
Race or ethnicity can be a significant clue in the United States as to who will survive a kind of stroke known as a subarachnoid hemorrhage and who will be discharged to institutional care, a new study has found. Compared to Caucasians, Asian/Pacific Islander patients were more likely and Hispanic patients less likely to die of a subarachnoid hemorrhage, or SAH, while in the hospital. African-American patients were more likely than Caucasians to require institutional care following discharge from the hospital, although their risk of death while in the hospital was similar...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 13, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Young people at higher risk for stroke
Fifteen percent of the most common type of strokes occur in adolescents and young adults, and more young people are showing risk factors for such strokes, according to a report in the journal Neurology. Neurologist Jose Biller of Loyola University Medical Center is a co-author of the report, a consensus statement developed by the American Academy of Neurology. Between 532,000 and 852,000 persons ages 18 to 44 in the United States have had a stroke. U.S...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 6, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

'Higher stroke risk' in young people
The occurrence of a stroke is usually associated with people over the age of 65. But according to a new report, young people are now at higher risk for the condition. The consensus report, published in the journal Neurology, analyzed the recognition and management of stroke in people between 15 and 44 years of age in the US. The analysis revealed that overall, 15% of the most common types of strokes occur in young people and adolescents, with more young people showing risk factors for strokes...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 6, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

One-year data from global atrial fibrillation (AF) registry show antithrombotic agents not optimally used to prevent stroke
One-year outcomes data from the first cohort of the Global Anticoagulant Registry in the FIELD (GARFIELD), an innovative, independent academic research initiative, provide insights into the elevated stroke risk among subpopulations of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The findings, from eight abstracts presented this week at the ESC Congress 2013, collectively show that anticoagulant therapy - which is known to significantly lower stroke risk in AF patients - is consistently under-utilised among those at-risk AF patients...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

CHADS2 risk score assigns over one-third of stroke patients to low or intermediate stroke risk
In contrast, a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 0 identifies a subgroup of patients with very low stroke risk unlikely to benefit from anticoagulation treatment. Professor Nabauer said: "AF is the most frequent cardiac arrhythmia requiring hospitalisation and has a 1-2% prevalence in the general population. AF is associated with a significant risk of stroke with frequently disabling consequences. While oral anticoagulation is very effective in preventing ischaemic strokes in AF, it increases bleeding risk...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Impact of atrial fibrillation on stroke risk eliminated with multiple risk factors
Dr Benn Christiansen said: "We know that atrial fibrillation increases the risk of ischemic stroke. And in patients with atrial fibrillation or previous ischemic stroke, the risk of stroke increases with the number of risk factors. But until now, little attention has been paid to the association between stroke risk and risk factors in patients without prior stroke or atrial fibrillation. We wanted to explore that association and to quantify if stroke risk was of comparable size in patients with numerous risk factors...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Stroke systems of care essential to reducing deaths, disabilities
Several key elements in systems of care can reduce stroke deaths and disabilities, according to a new American Heart Association/American Stroke Association policy statement published in its journal Stroke. Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, every 4 minutes someone dies of a stroke. The policy statement addresses patients' care from the time stroke symptoms are identified, to the emergency medical services' (EMS) response, to the transport and treatment in the hospital and rehabilitation...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Novel treatment for stroke and possibly other neurological diseases
In this study we pioneered a totally new treatment for stroke, and possibly for all neurological disease," says Michael Chopp, Ph.D., scientific director of the Henry Ford Neuroscience Institute. The new study is published online in the current issue of Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

'Majority' of stroke patients might have undiagnosed attention disorders
The majority of stroke patients may have attention disorders, most of which are not diagnosed, according to a study published in the journal Neurology. Researchers from Imperial College London in the UK analyzed 110 patients who were being treated for stroke at London's Charing Cross Hospital, alongside 62 participants who had not suffered from stroke. Five of the stroke patients had already been diagnosed with an attention disorder called "neglect" - a deficit of attention and awareness in one side of the body...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 28, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Intracerebral stem cell injections to prevent/reduce post-stroke cognitive deficits
Cognitive deficits following ischemic stroke are common and debilitating, even in the relatively few patients who are treated expeditiously so that clots are removed or dissolved rapidly and cerebral blood flow restored. A new study in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience demonstrates that intracerebral injection of bone-marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BSCs) reduces cognitive deficits produced by temporary occlusion of cerebral blood vessels in a rat model of stroke, suggesting that BSCs may offer a new approach for reducing post-stroke cognitive dysfunction...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 28, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Female smokers at higher risk for hemorrhagic stroke
The advice that "smoking is bad for you" may be old news, but the American Heart Association has released a new study in their journal Stroke, which reveals women are more susceptible to certain stroke-related risks that result from smoking. For the study, researchers analyzed data from over 80 studies worldwide from 1966 to 2013. In total, the studies included nearly four million individuals and over 42,000 cases of strokes. Results show that compared with non-smokers, both men and women who smoke have a 60-80% increased risk for having any type of stroke...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Treating post-stroke depression with Xingnao Jieyu capsules or fluoxetine
The occurrence of post-stroke depression results from the effects of biological, psychological, and social factors, likely involving neurotransmitters, neuroendocrine effects, nerve anatomy, neurotrophic factors, neural regeneration, inflammatory reactions, and social psyche factors. Synaptotagmin promotes neurotransmitter release, regulates the transfer of synaptic vesicle to synaptic active zones, and is a key factor in information transfer among neurons. The Xingnao Jieyu capsule has been shown to effectively relieve neurologic impairments and lessen depression...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Mediterranean diet 'reduces genetic stroke risk'
Scientists say they have discovered that the Mediterranean diet may prevent a genetic risk of stroke since it appears to interact with a particular gene variant usually associated with type 2 diabetes. Researchers from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University, and the CIBER Fisiopatología de la Obesidad y Nutrici�n in Spain, conducted the study, which was published in the journal Diabetes Care. The research team analyzed 7,018 men and women involved in the Prevencion con Dieta Mediterranea (PREDIMED) trial...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Stroke declines dramatically, still higher in Mexican Americans
A new study reports that the incidence of ischemic stroke - the most common type of stroke, caused by a clot in the blood vessels of the brain - among non-Hispanic Whites and Mexican Americans over age 60 has declined over the past decade. Most concerning, however, is that the increased relative burden of stroke comparing Mexican Americans and non-Hispanic Whites has not changed at all in the last decade. Overall, Mexican Americans suffer much more, 34%, from this disease than non-Hispanic Whites...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 14, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Endovascular treatment for stroke; Supply of neurosurgeons; Obesity's effects on outcomes of subarachnoid hemorrhage
Despite recent discouraging results, endovascular treatment is still a "reasonable" treatment option for selected patients with acute stroke, according to a commentary in the August issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Study shows combination stroke therapy safe and effective
The combination of the clot-busting drug tPA with an infusion of the antiplatelet drug eptifibatide dissolves blood clots safely and more quickly than tPA alone, a study led by University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers has found. Results from the study, known as the CLEAR-ER Stroke Trial, are published online in the journal Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. UC was the coordinating center for the trial, which included nine medical centers comprising 21 hospitals...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Waking up to new treatments for stroke - WAKE-UP trial starts in the UK
WAKE-UP - a large European clinical trial to test whether current 'clot dissolving' treatments can be used in people who wake up with the symptoms of stroke enrolled the first UK patients at the Southern General Hospital this week. Every year about two million patients have a stroke in the EU. Up to 20 per cent of stroke patients wake up with stroke symptoms so the time the stroke started is unknown. This makes patients ineligible for the only approved treatment for acute stroke- the delivery the thrombolytic or 'clot dissolving' drug rtPA...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Emergency physicians distinguish between Bell's palsy and stroke
Emergency physicians correctly identified nearly 100 percent of patients with Bell's palsy, the symptoms of which are nearly identical to potentially life-threatening diseases such as stroke and brain tumors. The results of a study of 6 years of California patient records were published online yesterday in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Potential Misdiagnoses of Bell's Palsy in the Emergency Department")...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Gender gap in stroke treatment likely due to delay by women seeking care
Women with clot-caused strokes are less likely than men to arrive at the hospital in time to receive the best treatment, according to a European study reported in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. In the study, 11 percent of women with acute ischemic strokes were treated with the clot-dissolving medication alteplase, compared with 14 percent of men. Study participants included 5,515 patients at 12 hospitals in the Netherlands...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Stem cell discovery: Astrocytes could repair stroke brain damage
Stem cell researchers have discovered that astrocytes may prove useful against stroke and other brain disorders. Astrocytes - neural cells that form the blood-brain barrier and so control what can and cannot enter the brain from the blood supply - have previously been overlooked in this area of stroke research. A collaborative study published in Nature Communications suggests that astrocytes can do far more than simply support nerve cells (neurons)...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Detrusor overactivity post-stroke responds to electroacupuncture
Detrusor overactivity is common after stroke, and is characterized by frequent micturition and urinary incontinence. However, the optimal treatment for post-stroke detrusor overactivity remains unclear. According to a study reported in Neural Regeneration Research (Vol. 8, No...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

The stroke-lowering benefits of regular physical activity
Breaking a sweat while working out regularly may reduce your risk of stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. str In a study of more than 27,000 Americans, 45 years and older who were followed for an average of 5.7 years, researchers found: One-third of participants reported being inactive, exercising less than once a week. Inactive people were 20 percent more likely to experience a stroke or mini-stroke than those who exercised at moderate to vigorous intensity (enough to break a sweat) at least four times a week...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Breaking a sweat reduces stroke risk
If you work out enough to break a sweat, and do it regularly, you are less likely to have a stroke compared to people who are physically inactive, researchers from the University of South Australia and the University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA, reported in the journal Stroke. Dr Michelle McDonnell and colleagues found that self-reported physically inactive people have a 20% higher risk of stroke or mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack) compared to those who exercise enough to break a sweat four or more times a week...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Ischemic Stroke Induced By An Embolic Agent In The Rete Mirabile In Miniature Pigs
Rodents are frequently used as animal models for ischemic stroke studies induced by middle cerebral artery occlusion. However, their anatomic structure is significantly different from humans. Thus, recent studies have focused on developing stroke models in large animals with similar anatomic structure as the human brain. The swine have several properties resembling the human brain, including brain volume and weight, quantity of cortical gyri and the percentage of white matter to gray matter...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

'Risky' Stroke Prevention Procedure May Be Safe In Some Patients
A major study published in the Lancet Neurology, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Stroke Association, has found that stenting in the carotid artery (in the neck) is as safe as carotid artery surgery at reducing stroke risk in some patients. The research, which was part of the International Carotid Stenting Study (ICSS), reveals that stenting is equally as safe as surgery in patients who show few signs of changes to brain tissue (known as white matter lesions) in a brain scan...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Stroke Patients Who Cannot Walk 3-6 Months After Onset Need Special Care
Gait dysfunction is one of the most serious disabling sequelae of stroke. Regaining gait ability in stroke is a primary goal of neurorehabilitation. Furthermore, gait is a less demanding motor function than hand function. Stroke patients can walk when motor function is recovered in the proximal joint (hip and knee), at least to the degree of being able to oppose gravity. In general, most motor recovery after stroke occurs within 3-6 months after onset, and gait function usually recovers within 3 months of stroke onset...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Prolonged Language Recovery For Stroke Patients Using Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation
JoVE has just published a video article showing the details of a technique developed by researchers to improve language function in stroke patients with chronic speech-language impairment. Strokes occur when a brain clot blocks blood flow in parts of the brain, essentially starving groups of neurons of oxygen, which is necessary for normal function. Nearly 130,000 of the 795,000 strokes Americans suffer annually result in death, accounting for roughly 5% of deaths in the U.S...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Early Brain Stimulation May Help Stroke Survivors Recover Language Function
Non-invasive brain stimulation may help stroke survivors recover speech and language function, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. Between 20 percent to 30 percent of stroke survivors have aphasia, a disorder that affects the ability to grasp language, read, write or speak. It's most often caused by strokes that occur in areas of the brain that control speech and language. "For decades, skilled speech and language therapy has been the only therapeutic option for stroke survivors with aphasia," said Alexander Thiel, M.D...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Risk Of Stroke Effectively Reduced By Simple 2-Drug Combination
Results of a Phase III clinical trial showed that a simple drug regimen of two anti-clotting drugs - clopidogrel and aspirin- lowered the risk of stroke by almost one-third, compared to the standard therapy of aspirin alone, when given to patients who had minor or transient stroke symptoms to prevent subsequent attacks. Described this week in the New England Journal of Medicine (July 4, 2013 print issue), the clinical trial was conducted at multiple sites in China and designed in partnership with a physician at UC San Francisco...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 28, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Drug Combo Cuts Stroke Risk After TIA
A simple combination of two anti-clotting drugs, clopidogrel and aspirin, can cut the risk of a stroke in patients who have already experienced a mini-stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). This was the result of a phase 3 clinical trial conducted in China with the help of a US physician who says it could change the standard of care in the US. The investigators report their findings in the 26 June online issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, NEJM. The trial took place at several sites in China and was designed in partnership with S...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Health Systems Should Be Re-Organized To Better Help Stroke Patients
Patients who have experienced a stroke spend a substantial amount of time and effort seeking out, processing, and reflecting on information about the management of their condition because the information provided by health services worldwide is currently inadequate, according to a study by UK and US researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Clot-Buster Trial Reveals Long-Term Benefits For Stroke Patients
Patients given a clot-busting drug within six hours of a stroke are more likely to have a long-lasting recovery than those who do not receive the treatment, new research has found. A study of more than 3000 patients reviewed the effects of the drug rt-PA, which is given intravenously to patients who have suffered an ischaemic stroke. The international trial, led by the University of Edinburgh, found that 18 months after being treated with the drug, more stroke survivors were able to look after themselves...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

New Risk Assessment Tool To Predict Stroke In Patients With Atrial Fibrillation
A more accurate and reliable stroke prediction model has been developed to help physicians decide whether to start blood-thinning treatment for patients with atrial fibrillation, as described in the current online issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association. Atrial fibrillation affects millions of Americans. Because the heart-rhythm disturbance promotes the formation of blood clots that can travel to the brain and block an artery, atrial fibrillation independently increases the risk of ischemic stroke four-to-five-fold...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Earlier Treatment Following Stroke Onset Associated With Reduced Risk Of In-Hospital Death, Higher Rate Of Discharge To Home
In a study that included nearly 60,000 patients with acute ischemic stroke, thrombolytic treatment (to help dissolve a blood clot) that was started more rapidly after symptom onset was associated with reduced in-hospital mortality and intracranial hemorrhage and higher rates of independent walking ability at discharge and discharge to home, according to a study in the June 19 issue of JAMA. "Intravenous (IV) tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) is a treatment of proven benefit for select patients with acute ischemic stroke as long as 4.5 hours after onset...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 20, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

PTSD Affects 1 In 4 Stroke Survivors
One in every four survivors of stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack) develops PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) within twelve months, while 1 in 9 has chronic PTSD for longer than a 12 months, researchers from Columbia University Medical Center reported in the journal PLoS ONE. This means that almost 300,000 survivors of stroke or TIA develop PTSD symptoms each year in the USA as a result of their traumatic experience. What is the difference between stroke and TIA? - a stroke occurs when brain cells suddenly die because of a lack of oxygen...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 20, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Speed Vital For Stroke Patients' Survival
The sooner stroke patients receive thrombolytic treatment, the lower their risk of in-hospital mortality and intracranial hemorrhage, says a new study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). In addition, the prompter the treatment, the higher the rate of walking ability at discharge. Intravenous (IV) tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) is a form of treatment proven to help stroke patients within 4.5 hours of onset of symptoms...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news