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.
Psychological distress, but not depression, may increase the risk of stroke. Previous studies have shown that stroke often leads to depression, but the evidence was mixed as to whether depression could lead to stroke.
"Stroke is among the leading causes of long-term disability and death worldwide," said study author Paul Surtees, PhD, of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. "Understanding the mechanisms by which overall emotional health may increase stroke risk may inform stroke prevention and help identify those at increased stroke risk."
Stroke patients who use ibuprofen for arthritis pain or other conditions while taking aspirin to reduce the risk of a second stroke undermine aspirin's ability to act as an anti-platelet agent.
Stroke sufferers can boost their brain functioning with listening to their favorite music daily. New research by University of Helsinki suggests that music therapy is effective for early post-stroke stage.
Stroke patients who fail the standard stroke treatment using clot-busting drugs may succeed with more advanced therapies.
People who have good physical function after the age of 40 may lower their risk of stroke by as much as 50 percent compared to people who are not able to climb stairs, kneel, bend, or lift as well.
The cholesterol-lowering medication atorvastatin (Lipitor) may slightly increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke.
Anyone in a higher-risk group who suffers a minor stroke will receive an MRI scan.
Nuvelo dosed the first patient in a Phase 2 proof-of-concept trial of alfimeprase for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke.
People can lower the risk of stroke up to 50 percent if they stay in shape and have good physical function after the age of 40.
Researchers have discovered that patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting can reduce their risk of post-operative stroke.
Repetitive training that simulates everyday leg function can help people walk more easily after stroke.
NeuroAid is the first natural compound to be studied in a large clinical trial focused on stroke recovery starting in the acute stage.
Occupational therapy can improve the lives of patients who have suffered a stroke and lessen their chances of deteriorating.
People who stopped taking cholesterol-lowering drugs after being hospitalized for a stroke are at greater risk of death or dependency within three months of the stroke.
The UK urgently needs to reorganise stroke services to improve outcomes for patients, argues a senior doctor in this week's BMJ.
Ask the Doctor at Saint John's Hospital how new minimally invasive treatments help prevent stroke.
Challenging brain tissue with a small noxious stimulus beforehand gives it a resilience that can lessen damage to blood vessels during a stroke.
Government launches consultation into future of stroke services.
Stroke prevalence varies widely from state to state, with some states and U.S. territories having more than double the stroke prevalence of others.