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New opinion paper questions use of clot-busting drug in late time window


Giving the drug Alteplase to stroke patients more than three hours after stroke does not provide a clear benefit and may increase the risk of death, according to a new opinion paper published this week in BMJ.

The authors of the opinion paper called for a […]

March 19th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

High schooler’s texting system reminds heart patients to take meds

Researcher Avinash Pandey presented evidence this week that automated text messages can help heart patients remember to take their medications.

Unlike other presenters at the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle 2015 meeting, Pandey lacks an alphabet of advanced degrees. That’s because the 17-year-old still needs to finish high school.

The senior at Waterloo […]

American Stroke Association wins first prize for its World Stroke Day efforts

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association received first place from the World Stroke Organization this week for its campaign promoting World Stroke Day in 2014.

The award-winning campaign used media and consumer outreach to educate Americans on the importance of recognizing the warning signs of stroke and taking action. Activities […]

March 5th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

West Virginia requires CPR for high school graduation

West Virginia governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed legislation Wednesday requiring high school students to be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation before graduating.

Starting in the 2015-2016 school year, 17,600 students per year will graduate with CPR training under their belts.

West Virginia is the 21st state to pass CPR-for-graduation requirements.

Students in grades six through 12 will practice […]

February 27th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

New research to study benefit of long term post-stroke care in North Carolina

A new five-year study, funded with a $14 million award, will examine whether long-term post-stroke care will benefit North Carolina stroke patients.

The study is scheduled to begin next year and is expected to reach at least 9,000 patients.

Pamela W. Duncan, P.T, Ph. D., professor of neurology and senior policy […]

February 25th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

Law banning smoking on U.S. airline flights passed 25 years ago

Advocates on Monday hailed a law enacted 25 years ago banning smoking on domestic airlines as the catalyst for smoke-free workplace laws that exist today.

The law passed a quarter of a century ago when the dangers of secondhand smoke weren’t well known.

“We knew it was harmful, but we didn’t […]

February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

West Virginia expected to require CPR in schools

West Virginia middle school and high school students will be required to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation under new state legislation expected to be signed into law.

Starting in the fall semester of 2015, students in grades six through 12 will practice giving chest compressions every year in health class. Previously, the […]

February 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Palliative care puts treatment decisions in heart failure patients’ hands

When it comes to treating advanced heart failure, more may not always be better.

Aggressive treatments for advanced heart failure include complex pacemakers, implantable defibrillators and mechanical devices to pump blood through the body. However, some patients with advanced heart failure may prefer to emphasize symptom relief, comfort and support […]

February 18th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Experts reassert value of AHA/ACC risk calculator after study finds it overestimates heart risk

Several risk assessment tools, including one from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology, were found to overestimate heart attack and stroke risk, according to a study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

But experts who developed the AHA/ACC risk calculator said they already knew about […]

American Stroke Association and Medtronic announce plans to collaborate

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Medtronic plc, a maker of medical devices, announced a plan on Friday to work toward decreasing recurring strokes in patients whose strokes have no known cause.

The two organizations announced the arrangement at the International Stroke Conference in Nashville.

Thirty percent of ischemic strokes […]

February 13th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments