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.
Pollution levels linked to stroke-related narrowing of arteries
Mar 15, 2015
Air pollution has been linked to a dangerous narrowing of carotid arteries that occurs prior to strokes, according to researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center. The scientists analyzed medical test records for more than 300,000 people living in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut. They found that people living in zip codes with the highest average levels of fine-particulate-matter pollution were significantly more likely to show signs of stenosis in their internal carotid arteries, compared to those living in zip codes with the lowest pollution levels.
One third of Americans do not have access to stroke center within 1 hour
Mar 06, 2015
One third of the US population does not have access to a primary stroke center within 1 hour by ambulance, and even under optimal conditions, a large proportion of the United States would be unable to access a stroke center within this window, according to a new study published in the March 4, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Promising peptide for TBI, heart attack, stroke
Feb 09, 2015
Study findings could provide a new lead compound for the development of drug therapies for necrosis-related diseases such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, and myocardial infarction - conditions for which no effective drug-based treatments are currently available that work by blocking necrosis.
‘July effect’ does not impact stroke outcomes, according to new study
Dec 24, 2014
Patients with acute ischemic strokes who were admitted in July had similar outcomes compared to patients admitted any other month, according to a new study. The findings challenge concerns about the possibility of lower quality of care and the potential risk of poorer outcomes in teaching hospitals when new medical residents start each July - sometimes called the "July effect."
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.