American Heart Association

Stroke survivors more likely to make dangerous driving errors

Drivers who have had recent strokes are more likely than drivers who have not had strokes to make errors during complex driving tasks, according to two small Canadian studies presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

“Current guidelines recommend that patients should refrain from driving for a […]

Natural brain-repair substance may improve stroke outcome

Supplementing a natural substance that protects nerve cells and encourages new blood vessel formation may aid in new neural growth after stroke when started a week later, according to a mouse study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Currently, the only FDA-approved drug, tPA, which dissolves […]

Spleen may be key target for successful cell therapy after stroke

The spleen — not the brain — may be the key target in successful cell therapy after a stroke, according to a study in mice presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

After a stroke, the spleen seems to contribute to ongoing inflammation and brain damage.

Researchers compared […]

Stem cell injections may improve cognitive function after stroke

Stem cell injections into the brain may improve some cognitive functions in people who haven’t recovered months or years after a clot-caused stroke, according to a study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

In a preliminary study, 18 patients who had sustained moderate or severe ischemic […]

Limiting social isolation improves stroke outcomes in aged mice

Housing aged mice in pairs enhances their recovery after stroke, according to a study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Social isolation slows functional recovery and worsens cell damage after stroke in young animals, primarily by increasing the body’s inflammatory response. Changes occur in the inflammatory […]

Leakier guts may be why elderly have worse stroke outcomes

Leakier guts may be why older people are more likely to die or have a poor recovery after clot-caused strokes, according to a study in mice presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Researchers found that molecules and bacteria cross the intestinal walls in both aged mice […]

Stroke patients receiving better, more timely care

One in four acute ischemic stroke patients treated with a time-dependent clot-busting drug were quickly transferred from an emergency department or smaller community hospital to a certified stroke center, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

This study will also publish simultaneously in the […]

Depression predicts disturbed sleep among stroke survivors

Depression is a powerful predictor of nighttime sleep disturbances among stroke survivors, according to research presented at the Nursing Symposium of the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Sleep disturbances – the duration and time intervals of nighttime sleep, the frequency of waking after sleep onset, and daytime sleepiness […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: From overseeing stroke care to being a stroke patient

Jennifer Caribardi knew better.

As a registered nurse, and the Director of Critical Care Services at Kingwood Medical Center north of Houston, Jennifer was highly skilled in treating stroke patients. Yet when she herself showed clear signs of a stroke, she refused to believe it.

“I am too busy for this […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Camper. Hiker. Triathlete. And at 23, a stroke survivor

Nicky Leto was about as active as a 23-year-old woman could be. She liked to hike, camp, swim and compete in triathlons.

One morning, Nicky awoke with a headache and numb arm. She didn’t worry much – at least, not at first. She had occasional headaches because of a past […]