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.
Study identifies new cause of brain bleeding immediately after stroke
Apr 17, 2014
While observing that blood-brain barrier function is rapidly impaired after a stroke (within 6 hours), researchers unexpectedly found that this early barrier failure is not due to the breakdown of tight junctions between blood vessel cells, as had previously been suspected. Instead, they reported dramatic increases in serum albumin flowing directly into brain tissue.
Study links severe sleep apnea to increased risk of stroke, cancer, and death
Apr 15, 2014
Results of a 20-year follow-up study show that people with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea were 4 times more likely to die, nearly 4 times more likely to have a stroke, 3 times more likely to die from cancer, and 2.5 times more likely to develop cancer. Results were adjusted for potential confounding factors such as body mass index, smoking status, total cholesterol, and blood pressure.
Bone marrow stem cells show promise in stroke treatment
Apr 10, 2014
Scientists at UC Irvine’s Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center have published a study that finds the effects of mesenchymal stromal cells on functional stroke recovery are robust regardless of the dosage, time they were administered relative to stroke onset, or the method of administration.
ER doctors commonly miss more strokes among women, minorities, younger patients
Apr 04, 2014
Analyzing federal health care data, a team of researchers led by a Johns Hopkins specialist concluded that doctors overlook or discount the early signs of potentially disabling strokes in tens of thousands of American each year, a large number of them visitors to emergency rooms complaining of dizziness or headaches.
Blood-brain barrier repair after stroke may prevent chronic brain deficits
Mar 25, 2014
In experiments using laboratory rats modeling ischemic stroke, USF investigators studied the consequences of the compromised BBB at the chronic poststroke stage. Their findings appear in a recent issue of the Journal of Comparative Neurology.
Meta-analysis: any blood pressure reading above normal may increase risk of stroke
Mar 13, 2014
Anyone with blood pressure that’s higher than the optimal 120/80 mm Hg may be more likely to have a stroke, according to a new meta-analysis published in the March 12, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
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.