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.
New research finds high tungsten levels double stroke risk
Nov 12, 2013
High levels of tungsten in the body could double the risk of suffering a stroke, a new study published in the open access journal PLOS ONE has found. Using data from a large US health survey, the study has shown that high concentrations of tungsten is strongly linked with an increase in the occurrence of stroke, roughly equal to a doubling of the odds of experiencing the condition.
Hospitals with neurology residency programs more likely to administer life-saving clot-busting drugs
Nov 07, 2013
Stroke patients treated at hospitals with neurology residency programs are significantly more likely to get lifesaving clot-busting drugs, specifically tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), than those seen at other teaching or non-teaching hospitals, new Johns Hopkins-led research suggests.
Ultrasound device combined with clot-buster safe for stroke
Oct 25, 2013
A study led by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston showed that a hands-free ultrasound device combined with a clot-busting drug was safe for ischemic stroke patients. The results of the phase 2 pilot study were reported this week in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
Tests in mice identify compound that may keep survivors of brain aneurysms from succumbing to stroke
Oct 02, 2013
Johns Hopkins researchers, working with mice, say they have identified a chemical compound that reduces the risk of dangerous, potentially stroke-causing blood vessel spasms that often occur after the rupture of a bulging vessel in the brain.
Does longer sevoflurane preconditioning contribute to better neuroprotective effects?
Sep 13, 2013
Study findings published in Neural Regeneration Research indicate that 60-minute sevoflurane preconditioning can induce the best neuroprotective effects in rats with permanent cerebral ischemia through the inhibition of apoptosis (programmed cell death).
Racial, ethnic differences in outcomes following subarachnoid hemorrhage
Sep 11, 2013
A study published online this week in the Journal of Neurosurgery finds that compared to Caucasians, Asian/Pacific Islander patients were more likely, and Hispanic patients less likely, to die of a subarachnoid hemorrhage while in the hospital.
New ‘robust’ treatment for stroke uses genetic material from bone marrow
Aug 27, 2013
A study published online in the current issue of the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism found that treatment with exosomes prompted remodeling of the affected brain, including increased production of new brain cells, blood vessels, and neural rewiring. Together, these effects significantly improved neurologic function that had been impaired by stroke
In mild strokes, ultra-early treatment may eliminate risk of disability
Aug 23, 2013
In the case of mild or moderate strokes, getting treatment ultra-fast – within 90 minutes of experiencing symptoms – greatly reduces the risk of suffering disability, according to a new study reported in the American Heart Association's journal Stoke.