Psychosis Treatment Drugs Increase Stroke Risk

2008-08-29 09:01

All drugs that are used to provide psychosis treatmend are associated to increased stroke risk and those people that are suffering from dementia are at double risk, says the study published on this week.

Previous research has shown that second generation (atypical) antipsychotic drugs can increase the chances of patients having a stroke. But the risk of stroke associated with first generation (typical) antipsychotics, and whether the risk differs in people with and without dementia, is not known.


Large Waistline Linked To Stroke Risk

2008-08-26 10:10

An expanding waistline — already known to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease — may also increase risk for stroke and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), researchers reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

A TIA is a “warning stroke” that produces stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage. Recognizing and treating TIAs can reduce the risk of a major stroke.


Stroke Patients See New Hope By Reversing Stroke Damage

2008-08-25 13:01

Loyola researchers hope to reverse stroke damage by jumpstarting growth of nerve fibers. If a stroke patient doesn't get treatment within approximately the first three hours of symptoms, there's not much doctors can do to limit damage to the brain.

However, now researchers report a technique that potentially could restore functions to patients weeks or even months after a stroke. The technique involves jumpstarting the growth of nerve fibers to compensate for brain cells destroyed by the stroke.


Stroke Incidence Declines Among Swedish Diabetics

2008-08-21 10:23

The incidence of strokes among diabetics in Northern Sweden declined between 1985 and 2003, according to a population-based study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers also found that survival rates improved leading to a rapid decline in the number of fatal events among diabetic people.


Healthy Lifestyle Dramatically Cuts Stroke Risk

2008-08-12 09:52

Following an overall healthy lifestyle that lowers the risk of heart disease and diabetes can also dramatically lower the risk of stroke, according to a report in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

In the study, people with five healthy lifestyle habits had about an 80 percent lower risk of ischemic stroke compared to people with none of the healthy habits. Ischemic stroke, which results when a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain becomes obstructed, accounts for the majority of strokes.


Gastrointestinal Bleeding After Stroke May Increase Risk Of Death

2008-08-11 13:01

People who have gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding after a stroke are more likely to die or become severely disabled than stroke sufferers with no GI bleeding.

“This is an important finding since there are effective medications to reduce gastric acid that can lead to upper gastrointestinal bleeding,” said study author Martin O’Donnell, MB, of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. “More research will be needed to determine whether this is a viable strategy to improve outcomes after stroke in high-risk patients.”


Arrival Method, Slow Response Often Delay Stroke Care

2008-08-08 09:23

Most stroke patients can’t recall when their symptoms started or do not arrive at the hospital in a timely manner, so they cannot be considered for time-dependent therapies such as the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), researchers reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.


Children With Sickle Cell Disease More Likely To Suffer Stroke

2008-08-06 11:05

On June 1, 2006, she complained of stomach pain. On June 2, Ashton, diagnosed at birth with the blood disorder sickle cell disease, was admitted to the hospital. On June 6, she was transferred to another facility and given blood transfusions. The next day she seemed to be improving and even had enough energy to draw – one of her favorite activities. On June 8, she complained of pain and feeling hot throughout the day. That evening she suffered a stroke, and on June 14 she died of complications from it.


Key Differences Between Child And Adult Stroke

2008-07-18 10:10

Stroke in children is not as rare as once thought and the symptoms do not mirror stroke in adults. In its first scientific statement on the topic, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association addresses treatment, symptoms and risk for stroke in infants and children.

The “Management of Stroke in Children” statement published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association provides healthcare professionals with evidence-based guidelines for prevention, evaluation and treatment.


Stroke Cases Increase In Germany Due To Demography

2008-07-11 11:26

Because of the demographic changes, there will be a marked increase in strokes in the coming years. Even in 2004, the medical costs for the care of stroke patients in Germany came to 7.1 billion euros. In their original article in the current edition of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International, the neurologist Tobias Neumann-Haefelin of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and his colleagues have calculated the projected number of strokes in the German federal state of Hesse for the year 2050.


Woman After Stroke Aquires New Accent

2008-07-03 10:05

A rare case of stroke related foreign-accent syndrome reported in Canada as women speaks foreign accent after stroke.

A woman in southern Ontario is one of the first cases in Canada of a rare neurological syndrome in which a person starts speaking with a different accent, McMaster University researchers report in the July issue of the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences.

The puzzling medical phenomenon known as foreign-accent syndrome (FAS) arises from neurological damage, and results in vocal distortions that typically sound like the speaker has a new, "foreign" accent.


Middle-Aged People Suffering Silent Strokes Don't Know It

2008-06-30 12:29

Middle-aged people, who felt quite healthy, appeared to have several silent strokes without even knowing about that.

Boston University School of Medicine examined 2040 patients of average age of 69 who were given magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan tests every four years. MRI scans brain for damaged tissues and stroke symptoms.


Welsh Minister Reaffirms Commitment To Improving Stroke Services

2008-06-30 10:28

Health Minister Edwina Hart reaffirmed the Welsh Assembly Government's commitment to improving stroke services in Wales.

Following a damning report into stroke services last year, Edwina Hart ordered local health boards and NHS Trusts to develop plans to improve services. The plans should be submitted to the Minister by the end of this month for consideration.

An extra ?2.5million has been set aside to enhance stroke services this year, the majority of which will be allocated on a regional basis.


Stroke Is The Third Leading Cause Of Death In US

2008-05-05 12:20

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and a leading cause of serious long-term disability. Strokes can occur at any age, but nearly three-quarters of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65. The risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after age 55, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Novel Drug To Protect Brains From Ischemic Stroke Damage

2008-04-28 12:08

Most strokes result from a blockade of blood flow to the brain, producing what is known as an ischemic stroke. When a clot lodges in one of the human brain's arteries, the results can be devastating, if not fatal. The only FDA-approved treatment for this type of stroke is to disrupt the clot, but unfortunately this therapy is hampered by the short time frame in which it can be used.


Stroke Patients Re-Learn To Walk Correctly Again Using Special Treadmill

2008-04-02 09:48

For the more than 700,000 people who experience a stroke each year, many never regain the ability to walk like they did prior to their stroke. But physical therapists, using a specialized treadmill, have discovered a new way to help stroke patients walk again -- correctly.

The results of their study, conducted at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation (BIR), appear in the April 2008 issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


Experimental Drug From Snake Venom For Acute Stroke Patients

2008-03-31 10:24

Yale-New Haven Hospital is participating in a phase III research study in which a drug derived from the venom of the Malayan pit viper is being tested for the treatment of stroke. This new investigative drug is known as ancrod, and is being tested in eligible patients who come to the hospital within six hours of the start of stroke symptoms.