Young Stroke Patients Often Misdiagnosed

Feb 19 2009 - 2:02pm
Stroke and Brain

Stroke is a diagnosis associated with old age. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and one of the top causes of disability in the United States.

Physicians know that strokes can occur at any age, but they sometimes make the mistake of thinking that stroke is a diagnosis of old age. Because of this, young adults who present to emergency rooms may be misdiagnosed.


Focusing On Growing Epidemic Of Stroke In Women

Feb 14 2009 - 2:53am

Studies on unique stroke risk factors among women and gender disparities in stroke care are featured in a special issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

According to an editorial accompanying the special issue, stroke among women is the third leading cause of death, a leading cause of disability and an ongoing epidemic, with women accounting for more than 60 percent of all stroke deaths in the United States.


Testing Benefits Of RTMS Therapy After Stroke

Feb 12 2009 - 8:43am

People who have suffered aftereffects of a stroke are being encouraged to volunteer for a new study that will test the benefits of a therapy not previously used for stroke victims that excites neurons in the brain through magnetic stimulation.

The therapy, called reptitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), has been shown to help sufferers of neurological disorders like migraines, Parkinson's disease, dystonia and tinnitus. There are even indications it may be effective against psychiatric disorders like depression.


Express Trial: New Guidelines for Stroke Treatment Needed

Feb 6 2009 - 8:36am

According to the results of a new study, aggressive medical treatment decreases cost and prevents disability, even for minor stroke and TIA (mini-stroke). Analysis from the Early Use of Existing Preventive Strategies for Stroke (EXPRESS) trial found the risk of having a second stroke could be reduced by 80% in patients who receive rapid, aggressive intervention for TIA and minor stroke. The study reveals the need for new guidelines for stroke treatment from policy makers.


Ankle Splints Improve Mobility After Stroke

Jan 29 2009 - 10:28am

A new review shows that ankle and foot splints can help stroke patients regain the ability to walk and keep their balance, although splints — also called orthotics — offer less improvement for other activities, like climbing stairs.

Wrist splints, however, do not lead to signs of improvement in the hands or arms, according to the new review.


Stents Can Treat, Not Just Prevent Strokes

Jan 20 2009 - 12:00pm

Stents can be placed in the brain to treat a stroke as it's occurring, suggests preliminary data being presented at the 21st Annual International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET).

Stents have long been used to open up blocked blood vessels in the heart to prevent heart attacks and in the neck to prevent strokes. More recently stents have been used in the heart to treat occurring heart attacks by opening up the blocked arteries. This early research suggests stents also can be used to treat occurring strokes, by opening up blocked arteries in the brain.


Wales Campaign Urges To Weigh Up Stroke Risk

Jan 20 2009 - 6:58am

A new advertising campaign has been launched this week urging people to lead healthier lifestyles to help reduce their risk of stroke.

The Stroke Association's Weigh Up Your Risk radio campaign is being funded by the Welsh Assembly Government as part of Health Challenge Wales.

The radio adverts highlight that maintaining a healthy body weight could decrease high-blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reducing your risk of stroke by a third.


Smoking Plus Family History Ups Stroke Risk from Aneurysm Six-Fold

Jan 2 2009 - 10:33am

Those with a family history of stroke from an aneurysm are now found to have a six-fold increase in stroke risk from aneurysm, directly related to smoking.

The new study, published in the American Academy of Neurology, studied 339 people who suffered stroke from aneurysm, a blood vessel weakness that results in brain hemorrhage, leading to stroke. The condition is fatal in thirty-five to forty percent of cases. The researchers also compared 1,016 people who had not had a stroke due to an aneurysm. Half of the stroke groups were current smokers; the other half either quit or never smoked.

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The impact of managed care on stroke prevention surgery

Dec 29 2008 - 10:29am

Policymakers and economists often promote managed-care plans based on the assumption that they prevent the overuse of unnecessary surgical procedures or help steer patients to high-quality providers, compared to traditional fee-for-service insurance plans. A recent study by a researcher at UT Southwestern Medical Center, however, found that in the case of one common surgical procedure, the checks and balances assumed with managed care did not improve the quality or outcome of care.


Psychological Symptoms, Personality Characteristics Affect Quality Of Life After Stroke

Dec 19 2008 - 1:01pm

Anxiety, depression and fatigue may decrease long-term quality of life (QOL) for subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) stroke survivors, researchers reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

A subarachnoid hemorrhage occurs when a blood vessel on the brain’s surface ruptures and bleeds into the space between the skull and brain, but not into the brain.


Quality Improvement Program Improves Stroke Treatment

Dec 16 2008 - 1:12pm

Hospitals participating in a voluntary quality improvement program for stroke treatment increased adherence to national recommendations, researchers reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

In the five-year study, the largest on acute stroke care for hospitalized patients, researchers tracked guidelines compliance among hospitals participating in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke (GWTG–Stroke) program. They found:


Ultrasound Screening Prevents Stroke In Children With Sickle Cell Disease

Dec 9 2008 - 8:35am

Screening with an ultrasound machine has proved highly successful in preventing stroke among children with sickle cell disease, by identifying children who are then preventively treated with blood transfusions. Over an eight-year period at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, researchers found that the technique, transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD), along with regular transfusions for children found to be at high risk, reduced stroke to one-tenth of the incidence found before TCD was introduced.


Stroke Awareness Campaign Saves Lives

Dec 8 2008 - 9:43am

A three-year pound 12 million communications campaign to promote public awareness around stroke was announced today by Health Minister Ann Keen.

The campaign will be launched in February 2009, and will be supported by advertising, public relations and direct marketing communications.

Stroke, the loss of brain function due to a blood clot or bleed in the brain, is the third leading cause of death in the UK and the single largest cause of adult disability in England.


Robotic Technology Improves Stroke Rehabilitation

Dec 5 2008 - 2:39am

Research scientists using a novel, hand-operated robotic device and functional MRI (fMRI) have found that chronic stroke patients can be rehabilitated, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). This is the first study using fMRI to map the brain in order to track stroke rehabilitation.


Robotic Device Improves Stroke Recovery

Dec 3 2008 - 9:25am
MR Chirod Prototype For Stroke Patients

According to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), use of a novel robotic device can help improve recovery from stroke. Researchers, using functional (fMRI), in conjunction with use of a hand operated robotic device, observed how the brain responds during stroke recovery, even six months after stroke has occurred.

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Do You Know You're Having A Stroke?

Nov 25 2008 - 11:36pm

A Mayo Clinic study shows a majority of stroke patients don't think they're having a stroke -- and as a result -- delay seeking treatment until their condition worsens.

Researchers studied 400 patients who were diagnosed at Mayo Clinic's emergency department with either acute ischemic stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA), a temporary interruption of blood flow to part of the brain.


Specialized Care, Telemedicine Improves Stroke Outcomes

Nov 21 2008 - 12:51pm

Stroke patients have significantly better chances of surviving and living independently when they receive specialized stroke care in community hospitals that have telecommunication support from major stroke centers, according to a study in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

At 12 and 30 months after stroke, patients treated at hospitals with specialized stroke units had a significantly lower rate of “death and dependency” than did patients who received care at hospitals without stroke units. Dependency was defined as
disability or need for institutional care.


Gore-tex Type Device In the Heart May Stop Recurrent Strokes

Nov 18 2008 - 12:52pm

A study is under way at Rush University Medical Center using a small, soft-patch device made of a Gore-tex-type material – often used to make durable outerwear – to close a common hole found in the heart called a patent foramen ovale (PFO) in order to prevent recurrent strokes and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) in adults.

Rush is the only academic medical center in the Chicago area involved in the trial and one of only 50 sites in the U.S. and the world.


Study Calls For New Method Of Stroke Diagnosis

Oct 30 2008 - 3:48am

A study conducted by a team of stroke experts from the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center demonstrates that CT (computed tomography) perfusion imaging may dramatically improve stroke diagnosis. The study showed CT perfusion had 100 percent accuracy for detecting the large, devastating type of stroke.


Can Exercise Prevent A Severe Stroke?

Oct 27 2008 - 8:31am

A new study shows that people who are physically active before suffering a stroke may have less severe problems as a result and recover better compared to those who did not exercise before having a stroke.

Researchers reviewed the medical records of 265 people with an average age of 68 who had a stroke and were able to walk on their own. Other stroke risk factors and other diseases and conditions that might interfere with their ability to exercise were considered.


Findings Of Major New Stroke Study Are Good News

Oct 16 2008 - 5:06am

A study published in issue of the New England Journal of Medicine shows that doctors may have an additional 90 minutes to successfully administer clot-busting drugs to patients who suffer the most common type of stroke - an ischemic stroke - which is caused by a blood clot or other blockage within an artery leading to the brain.

Current treatment standards allow doctors to use clot-busters intravenously up to three hours after stroke symptoms begin. The new findings indicate that the drugs can reduce or eliminate effects of a stroke for as long as four and a half hours after onset.


American Indians Have Higher Stroke Rate

Sep 30 2008 - 12:24pm

American Indians have a higher rate of stroke than other groups, which in large part can be attributed to a high prevalence of diabetes, according to a study to be published next week in the journal Circulation, Tulsa World reports. For the study, lead researcher Ying Zhang of the Oklahoma University College of Public Health and 13 other researchers from across the nation analyzed data from 1989 to 2004 on 4,549 middle-age and older American Indians. According to Tulsa World, the report is the first to detail stroke prevalence and risk factors for American Indians.


High-Tech Device Helps Stroke Patients Walk Normally

Sep 22 2008 - 11:18am

Among stroke survivors and patients suffering from other neurological or muscular disorders, one common difficulty they face is foot drop, a partial leg paralysis that prevents the foot from lifting. Foot drop causes instability and difficulty walking. Now, Rush University Medical Center is offering a high-tech device to help brain injury patients regain the ability to walk more naturally and improve mobility.


Recurrent Strokes May Be Prevented If General Practices Work Longer

Sep 19 2008 - 6:47am

Here is a good way to prevent recurrent stroke. Increasing general practice opening hours would improve the opportunity for assessment and urgent referral to specialist care of patients with a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or minor stroke, which could prevent over 500 recurrent strokes a year in England alone, concludes a study published on today.


Most High-Risk Patients Not Taking Blood Thinner Before Stroke

Sep 11 2008 - 10:51am

Only 40 percent of ischemic stroke patients who had atrial fibrillation, a heart disorder putting them at high risk of clots, had received the effective anti-clotting drug warfarin before their stroke, Canadian researchers report in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.


Gene May Cause Stroke-Inducing Malformations

Sep 9 2008 - 9:21am

UCSF scientists have discovered that a gene controlling whether blood vessels differentiate into arteries or veins during embryonic development is linked to a vascular disorder in the brain that causes stroke.

The UCSF studies were done in mice, and the new findings are the first to provide information on both the progression and regression of this particular brain disorder, known as BAVM, and to provide molecular clues into the disease, which is not well-understood and chiefly affects young people.