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Gender helps identify caregivers at poor health risk

Female caregivers are more likely than male caregivers to report poor health, especially when they perceive their roles as difficult or life changing, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Caregiving commonly results in caregivers’ poor health. And women report more burden than men […]

Consent delay common reason for lag in tPA administration

Consent delay is one of the most common reasons stroke patients in New York State don’t receive tissue plasminogen activator within the first hour (called the “Golden Hour”) of hospital arrival, researchers reported at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Hospitals target administration of the clot-busting drug within 60 […]

Chronic kidney disease ups risk of cognitive decline years after stroke

 

Chronic kidney disease is associated with increased signs of brain aging and is a predictor of cognitive decline years after stroke or transient ischemic attack, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

There has been little research on the relationship between chronic kidney disease […]

Insertable cardiac monitoring cost-effectively detects post-stroke irregular heartbeat

Insertable cardiac monitoring cost-effectively detects irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation episodes and episode duration in patients who have had cryptogenic strokes (cause of stroke unknown), according to two studies presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Doctors cannot determine the cause of ischemic stroke in 20 percent […]

Optic nerve may help predict stroke patient death risk

Using optic ultrasound to measure the sheath of a nerve that connects the eye and brain can help identify acute stroke patients most at risk of dying within days or months, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

The new study aimed to quickly […]

Many mild stroke patients considered “too good to treat” may actually benefit from tPA

Stroke patients with mild symptoms might be eligible to receive the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator, but often don’t receive the therapy because they are deemed “too good to treat.”

However, many of these patients don’t fare well after stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International […]

Low vitamin D predicts more severe strokes, poor health post-stroke

Stroke patients with low vitamin D levels were found to be more likely than those with normal vitamin D levels to suffer severe strokes and have poor health months after stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Low vitamin D has been associated […]

New device improves healing of some ruptured aneurysms

A new device inserted into small ruptured brain aneurysms significantly improved healing of ruptured aneurysms compared to a standard device, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Small aneurysms often cause no symptoms, but they can rupture and bleed into the area surrounding the […]

Lower systolic blood pressure reduces risk of stroke

People 60 or older, especially minorities and women, have a lower risk of stroke if the top number in their systolic blood pressure is below 140 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), according to a study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

A report published in JAMA […]

Mobile stroke units improve response times, outcomes for patients

Mobile Stroke Treatment Units – specialized emergency rooms on wheels – are saving critical minutes in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients, according to two new studies presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

“Due to how critical time is in the treatment of stroke, using […]