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  • Another warfarin alternative for stroke prevention in people with a-fib

    Another warfarin alternative for stroke prevention in people with a-fib

    To switch or not is a decision for you and your doctor to make. Warfarin’s long reign as the drug for preventing stroke in people with atrial fibrillation is being challenged by the second new blood thinner to come on the market within the span of less than a year. Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) prevents blood clots […]

  • Stroke: Every minute counts

    When stroke strikes, every minute’s delay of treatment counts. A huge new study now shows the exact benefit of early treatment. Ischemic stroke occurs when a clot blocks blood flow to the brain. Two million brain cells die every minute until blood flow is restored. Infusion of the clot-busting drug known as tPA (tissue-type plasminogen […]

  • Thick air, thick arteries

    Thick air, thick arteries

    Even at currently acceptable levels, air pollution may lead to blocked arteries and stroke. Only two and a half years into its planned 10-year duration, the MESA study (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution) already suggests that fine particulate air pollution causes thickening of the arteries. Researchers in six U.S. cities collected ultrasound exams […]

  • Women may not be getting optimal stroke treatment

    Women may not be getting optimal stroke treatment

    Women who have a stroke caused by a blockage in an artery to the brain (ischemic stroke) are less likely than men to receive the drugs they need to relieve the blood clot. That’s according to a study published in July in the journal Stroke. The authors looked at data from a study of 5,515 […]

  • A heart condition may foreshadow dementia, even without a stroke

    A heart condition may foreshadow dementia, even without a stroke

    New studies show resolving heart problems now may preserve brain function later. The heart and brain occupy different spaces within our bodies, but they have strikingly similar needs—including a steady supply of oxygen-rich blood and a network of open, unobstructed blood vessels to deliver it. Healthy arteries are essential for both organs—heart and brain—to function […]

  • Statins lower heart attack risks in people without heart disease

    Statins lower heart attack risks in people without heart disease

    Taking cholesterol-lowering statins can reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke in older adults with no history of heart disease, although it doesn’t seem to have an effect on their risk of death. This is according to an analysis of eight randomized, controlled studies including 24,674 people over age 65. Compared with participants […]

  • Lifestyle modifications help reduce stroke risk

    Lifestyle modifications help reduce stroke risk

    A healthy lifestyle can go a long way toward reducing stroke risk, according to a study published Oct. 8, 2014, in the journal Neurology. Researchers in Sweden found that women might cut their risk of stroke by more than 50% with five lifestyle strategies: eating a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy […]

  • News briefs: Fish oil supplements ineffective for heart health?

    Do fish oil supplements reduce the risk of heart disease? There are many studies of this question, and they don’t all come to the same results. A study published May 9, 2013, in The New England Journal of Medicine found that omega-3s in a fish oil supplement didn’t reduce the risk of stroke or heart […]

  • Act quickly to stop stroke damage

    Act quickly to stop stroke damage

    A study in The Journal of the American Medical Association highlights the critical importance of reaching a hospital as soon as possible after a stroke. When a clot blocks blood flow in the brain, causing an ischemic stroke, timing is everything. The sooner the person receives medication to break up the clot, the less damage […]

  • Do you know how to respond to a ministroke?

    Do you know how to respond to a ministroke?

    News briefs A ministroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA), occurs when blood flow to part of the brain is blocked temporarily. It often causes one or two symptoms of a full-blown stroke — such as sudden face drooping, arm or leg weakness, confusion, slurred speech, or terrible headache — and typically lasts just a few […]

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