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.
Taking statins in hospital may improve stroke outcomes
May 22, 2012
A new study suggests that using cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins after having a stroke may increase the likelihood of returning home and lessen the chance of dying in the hospital. The research is published in the May 22, 2012, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
May 15, 2012
Scientists were able to show that delayed treatment of laboratory mice with cipramil, an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor family, not only prevented the development of depression, but also attenuated the subacute degeneration of nerve cells in the brain’s reward system after stroke.
How to minimize stroke damage
May 14, 2012
Following a stroke, factors as varied as blood sugar, body temperature, and position in bed can affect patient outcomes, Loyola University Medical Center researchers report in a review article in MedLink Neurology.
Risk of stroke greater for women than men among older patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation
May 08, 2012
In a study that examined use of the anticoagulant medication warfarin and risk of stroke following a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation in older patients, women, especially those 75 years or older, had a higher risk of stroke than men, regardless of their risk profile and use of warfarin, suggesting that current anticoagulant therapy to prevent stroke might not be sufficient for older women.
Study: stroke victims not receiving timely diagnosis, care
May 02, 2012
Although significant strides have been made to improve the response time of caregivers, a new study shows that a critical step in the process – imaging of the brain to determine the nature of the stroke – is still occurring too slowly at too many hospitals.
Stroke risk considerably higher if sibling had stroke
Apr 11, 2012
If your brother or sister had a stroke, you may be at least 60% more likely to have one too, according to research reported in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics.
Predictors identified for rehospitalization among post-acute stroke patients
Apr 09, 2012
Stroke patients receiving in-patient rehabilitation are more likely to land back in the hospital within 3 months if they are functioning poorly, show signs of depression, and lack social support according to researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Depression has big impact on stroke, TIA survivors
Apr 04, 2012
Depression is more prevalent among stroke and transient ischemic attack survivors than in the general population, researchers reported in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.