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.
Researchers find far-reaching, microvascular damage in uninjured side of brain after stroke
May 20, 2013
Although the effects of acute stroke have been widely studied, brain damage during the subacute phase of stroke has been a neglected area of research. Now, a new study by the University of South Florida reports that within a week of a stroke caused by a blood clot in 1 side of the brain, the opposite side of the brain shows signs of microvascular injury.
What impacts whether African Americans call 9-1-1 immediately for stroke symptoms?
May 15, 2013
African Americans know the signs of stroke, but concerns about medical cost, ambulance response time, and unfamiliarity with the need for prompt hospital care impacted whether they called 9-1-1 immediately.
Teen years may be critical in later stroke risk
Apr 25, 2013
The teenage years may be a key period of vulnerability related to living in the "stroke belt" when it comes to future stroke risk, according to a new study published in the April 24, 2013, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Shift of language function to right hemisphere impedes poststroke aphasia recovery
Apr 05, 2013
In a study designed to differentiate why some stroke patients recover from aphasia and others do not, investigators have found that a compensatory reorganization of language function to right hemispheric brain regions bodes poorly for language recovery. Patients who recovered from aphasia showed a return to normal left-hemispheric language activation patterns. These results, which may open up new rehabilitation strategies, are available in the current issue of Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience.
Tests to predict heart problems and stroke may be more useful predictor of memory loss than dementia
Apr 02, 2013
A new study published in the April 2, 2013, print issue of Neurology, found that all 3 risk scores predicted 10-year decline in multiple cognitive tests. However, heart disease risk scores showed stronger links with cognitive decline than a dementia risk score.
Surgical menopause may prime brain for stroke, Alzheimer disease
Mar 28, 2013
Women who abruptly and prematurely lose estrogen from surgical menopause have a 2-fold increase in cognitive decline and dementia. They also have an increased risk of brain damage in the hippocampus, specifically to a region of the hippocampus called CA3 that is normally stroke resistant, finds a study in mice.
Adults who experience stroke before age 50 have higher risk of death over long-term
Mar 22, 2013
In an examination of long-term mortality after stroke, adults 50 years of age and younger who experienced a stroke had a significantly higher risk of death in the following 20 years compared with the general population, according to a study in the March 20 issue of JAMA.
Clogged heart arteries can foreshadow stroke
Mar 01, 2013
Blockages in your heart arteries could mean you're more likely to have a stroke, even if you're considered low risk, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.