Stroke is the sudden onset of a neurological impairment, sometimes of crippling intensity. It is usually caused by occlusion of an artery that supplies the brain or spontaneous bleeding in the brain.
Stroke Community Forum
Support for patients with stroke, its warning signs, risk factors, prevention, complications. Discussions among patients, families, caregivers and professionals on topics related to diagnosis, treatment, and activities of daily living.
Brainstem discovered as important relay site after stroke
Feb 27, 2014
Researchers at the Brain Research Institute of the University of Zurich discover that the brainstem, the oldest region in the brain, could play an important role in stroke recovery. The results have now been published in The Journal of Neuroscience.
Guideline: people with atrial fibrillation should take blood thinners to prevent stroke
Feb 26, 2014
The new guideline determines that new anticoagulant pills, such as dabigatran, rivaroxaban, and apixaban, are at least as effective, if not more effective than warfarin, and also have a lower risk of bleeding in the brain.
Death of partner associated with increased risk of heart attack, stroke
Feb 25, 2014
A new study published in JAMA describes a marked increase in cardiovascular risk in the month after spousal bereavement, which seems likely to be the result of adverse physiological responses associated with acute grief.
New apps may help detect seizures, treat strokes
Feb 21, 2014
Two new smart phone applications may help people detect epileptic seizures and get better stroke treatment, according to 2 studies released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014.
Can citrus ward off your risk of stroke?
Feb 18, 2014
Eating foods that contain vitamin C may reduce your risk of the most common type of hemorrhagic stroke, according to a study that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting.
Treating stroke with IV magnesium within an hour of symptoms fails to improve outcomes
Feb 14, 2014
In the first study of its kind, a research consortium found that giving stroke patients intravenous magnesium within an hour of symptom onset does not improve stroke outcomes. However, the 8-year study found that, by working with paramedics in the field, intravenous medications can be given to stroke patients within the "golden hour," the window in which patients have the best chance to survive and avoid debilitating, long-term neurologic damage.
Women fare worse than men following stroke
Feb 11, 2014
A study published in the current issue of Neurology found that women had a worse quality of life than men up to 12 months following a stroke, even after considering differences in important sociodemographic variables, stroke severity, and disability,
Contralateral needling at unblocked collaterals for poststroke hemiplegia
Dec 30, 2013
A Chinese study finds contralateral needling at 2 acupoints can significantly promote recovery of affected limb function of stroke patients with complete hemiplegia.