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.
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.
Regular blood transfusions can stave off repeat strokes in children with sickle cell disease
Aug 22, 2014
Monthly blood transfusions can substantially reduce the risk of recurrent strokes in children with sickle cell disease who have already suffered a silent stroke, according to the results of an international study by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Vanderbilt University, and 27 other medical institutions.
Study: colds may temporarily increase stroke risk in children
Aug 21, 2014
A new study suggests that colds and other minor infections may temporarily increase stroke risk in children, although the overall risk still remains very low. The study is published in the August 20, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Applying new cholesterol guidelines to a patient population reduces heart attacks, strokes
Aug 19, 2014
A study by UT Southwestern researchers identified Dallas Heart Study participants in the 30- to 65-year rage range who would have newly qualified for statin use under the cholesterol guidelines introduced in 2013 by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. They found that the recently introduced cholesterol guidelines would significantly reduce new cardiovascular events when compared to treatment based on previous cholesterol guidelines.
Experiencing atrial fibrillation while hospitalized for surgery linked with increased risk of stroke
Aug 13, 2014
In a study that included 1.7 million patients undergoing inpatient surgery, experiencing atrial fibrillation while hospitalized was associated with an increased long-term risk of ischemic stroke, especially following noncardiac surgery, according to a study in the August 13 issue of JAMA.
Monitoring pulse after stroke may prevent a second stroke
Jul 24, 2014
New research suggests that regularly monitoring your pulse after a stroke or the pulse of a loved one who has experienced a stroke may be a simple and effective first step in detecting irregular heartbeat, a major cause of having a second stroke. The study is published in Neurology®.