Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases Center

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.

Key Articles

Cerebral embolism
Cerebral venous thrombosis
Hypertensive intracerebral hemorrhage
Ischemic stroke
Lacunar infarction
Nontraumatic intracerebral hemorrhage
Subarachnoid hemorrhage
Vascular malformations

Management of Stroke

Cerebral revascularization other than carotid endarterectomy
Cerebral vasospasm: treatment
Gene therapy of cerebrovascular disease
Stroke therapy
Stroke: supportive care

Frequently Occurring Problems Associated with Stroke

Amaurosis fugax
(Transient monocular blindness)
Carotid bruit
Carotid endarterectomy for asymptomatic stenosis: can we predict which patients will do well?
Depression after stroke
Headache associated with ischemic cerebrovascular disease
Management of blood pressure after acute stroke
Medical complications of stroke
Patent foramen ovale
TIAs (carotid)
Vascular cognitive impairment

Related Articles

Carotid endarterectomy for asymptomatic stenosis: how are we doing in practice?
Causes of death by level of dependency after ischemic stroke
Comparison of hemorrhagic and ischemic strokes
Complications of chiropractic spinal manipulation
Deaths after chiropractic spinal manipulation
Detection of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in patients with cerebral ischemia
Drug-induced cerebrovascular disease
Guidelines for vascular risk factor reduction for secondary prevention of ischemic stroke
Hemorrhagic transformation of ischemic stroke
Hormonal contraception and stroke
Intracerebral hemorrhage due to thrombolytic therapy
Pregnancy and stroke
Risk stratification after transient ischemic attack using the ABCD2 prediction rule
Sleep and stroke
Spinal cord ischemia
Stroke associated with drug abuse
Stroke associated with sickle cell disease
Stroke in young adults
Vascular risk factors and progression of Alzheimer disease
What is the current status of patent foramen ovale and stroke?
White matter abnormalities in the brain

External Resources

AAN Guidelines: Brain Injury and Brain Death
AAN Guidelines: Stroke and Vascular Neurology
Cedars-Sinai Stroke Program: Cerebral Hemorrhages
Clinical Trials: Brain Injury
Clinical Trials: Cerebral Infarction
Clinical Trials: Intracerebral Hemorrhage
European Society of Hypertension
FDA Advisory: Angiotensin Receptor Blockers: Cancer Risk Safety Review
Guideline: Head Injury - National Collaborating Centre for Acute Care (U.K.)
Guidelines and Consensus Statements: The Internet Stroke Center
Guidelines: The Brain Attack Coalition
Intracerebral Hemorrhage: The Internet Stroke Center
Intracranial Hypertension Research Foundation
Society for Hypertension
Stroke Scales and Clinical Assessment Tools

Communities

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.

News

CT images of brain after mild stroke predict future risk
Dec 05, 2014
A CT scan of the brain within 24 hours of a mild, nondisabling stroke can predict when patients will be at the highest risk of another stroke or when symptoms may worsen, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
Diets high in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts among factors to lower first-time stroke
Oct 30, 2014
Eating Mediterranean or DASH-style diets, regularly engaging in physical activity, and keeping your blood pressure under control can lower your risk of a first-time stroke, according to updated AHA/ASA guideline published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke.
People with mental health disorders twice as likely to have heart disease or stroke
Oct 27, 2014
People facing mental health challenges are significantly more likely to have heart disease or stroke, according to a study presented today at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. The study finds the increased risk is due to multiple factors including psychiatric medications, unhealthy behaviors, and problems accessing care.
tPA’s tardy twin could aid in stroke recovery
Oct 22, 2014
Study findings suggest that in stroke, uPA's (urokinase-type plasminogen activator) benefits may extend beyond the time when doctors' principal goal is dissolving the blood clot that is depriving the brain of blood. Instead, uPA appears to help brain cells recover from the injuries induced by loss of blood flow. Treating mice with uPA after an experimental stroke can improve their recovery of motor function, the researchers found.
Regular blood transfusions can stave off repeat strokes in children with sickle cell disease
Aug 22, 2014
Monthly blood transfusions can substantially reduce the risk of recurrent strokes in children with sickle cell disease who have already suffered a silent stroke, according to the results of an international study by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Vanderbilt University, and 27 other medical institutions.
Study: colds may temporarily increase stroke risk in children
Aug 21, 2014
A new study suggests that colds and other minor infections may temporarily increase stroke risk in children, although the overall risk still remains very low. The study is published in the August 20, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Applying new cholesterol guidelines to a patient population reduces heart attacks, strokes
Aug 19, 2014
A study by UT Southwestern researchers identified Dallas Heart Study participants in the 30- to 65-year rage range who would have newly qualified for statin use under the cholesterol guidelines introduced in 2013 by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. They found that the recently introduced cholesterol guidelines would significantly reduce new cardiovascular events when compared to treatment based on previous cholesterol guidelines.
Experiencing atrial fibrillation while hospitalized for surgery linked with increased risk of stroke
Aug 13, 2014
In a study that included 1.7 million patients undergoing inpatient surgery, experiencing atrial fibrillation while hospitalized was associated with an increased long-term risk of ischemic stroke, especially following noncardiac surgery, according to a study in the August 13 issue of JAMA.
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