Stroke

Improving Impaired Attention Helps Recover From Stroke

Jul 24 2009 - 1:24pm

It may be possible to improve impaired attention after stroke — which could aid recovery — according to research reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Impaired attention is the most prominent stroke-related neuropsychological change and is reported in at least 46 percent and as many as 92 percent of stroke survivors, said Suzanne L. Barker-Collo, Ph.D., a senior lecturer and neuropsychologist at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Impaired attention can reduce cognitive productivity and the ability to focus on tasks. It’s key to re-learning motor skills.

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Factors That Increase Death In Stroke Patients

Jul 10 2009 - 1:18pm

Heavy drinking, being 45 to 49 years old, type 1 diabetes or having a preceding infection are associated with more than twice the risk of death in stroke patients 15 to 49 years old, according to a Finnish study.

Furthermore, heart failure was associated with seven times the risk of death and active cancer malignancy with 16 times the risk of death in stroke patients.

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