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.

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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.

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Cholesterial drugs can reduce the risk of stroke, but aren’t for everyone
Aug 19, 2011
For many patients, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can reduce the risk of strokes as well as heart attacks. But in a review article, Loyola University Health System neurologists caution that statins may not be appropriate for cetain categories of patients who are at risk for stroke.
Coronary calcium beats C-reactive protein for predicting the risk of heart attack and stroke
Aug 19, 2011
The presence of calcium in coronary arteries is a much better predictor of heart attack and stroke than C-reactive protein among people with normal levels of LDL cholesterol, according to a study of more than 2,000 people led by a Johns Hopkins heart specialist.
Less salt, less strokes says new research
Aug 12, 2011
New research revealed this week in the British Medical Journal suggests that lowering dietary salt intake has the potential to save millions of lives globally by substantially reducing levels of heart disease and strokes.
Genetic ‘signature’ discovered in plaque, possible key to future treatment
Aug 09, 2011
Researchers report that a pattern of 5 microscopic bits of genetic material called microRNAs (miRNAs)—a genetic signature—was present only in the plaque from patients who had experienced a stroke.
Rate of stroke increasing among women during, soon after pregnancy
Aug 09, 2011
The stroke rate for pregnant women and those who recently gave birth increased alarmingly--by 54%--over the past dozen years, according to research reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Traumatic brain injury linked with 10-fold increase in stroke risk
Aug 09, 2011
If you suffer traumatic brain injury, your risk of having a stroke within 3 months may increase 10-fold, according to a new study reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
More neurology residents comfortable using stroke clot-busting drug
Aug 05, 2011
The percentage of graduating neurology residents comfortable treating stroke with the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) has increased dramatically over the past 10 years, according to research published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
High-risk stroke patients more likely to get follow-up care after motivational talk
Aug 04, 2011
Even though many Americans learn through community health screenings that they are at high risk for having a stroke, they rarely follow-up with their doctor for care. But a new University of Michigan study shows high-risk stroke patients are twice as likely to get follow-up care from a primary care doctor if they receive a pep talk over the telephone.
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