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Patients with “wake-up strokes” may be candidates for tPA treatment

Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) appears to be safe in the treatment of stroke detected when people wake up in the morning, according to a multicenter, prospective study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Many patients with these “wake-up strokes” are not candidates for tPA because the […]

Church-based health intervention may help parishioners reduce stroke risk

A church-based health intervention reduced stroke risk behaviors among Hispanic and non-Hispanic parishioners, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

The Stroke Health and Risk Education Project was a faith-based, culturally-sensitive behavioral intervention study to reduce stroke risk factor behaviors such as physical inactivity, […]

Smaller “stroke belt” among kids but picture still grim

Children living in a part of the Southeastern United States, known as the stroke belt, are no more likely to be hospitalized for stroke than children in non-stroke-belt states, researchers reported at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Adults in the stroke belt are more likely to be […]

Stroke survivors may be at higher risk of having cancer

People who had a stroke may develop cancer at a higher rate than those who do not have a stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

“We already knew that cancer patients are at increased risk of stroke. But what happens when you […]

Dehydration linked to worsening stroke conditions

People who are well hydrated at the time of their stroke have a greater chance of better recovery compared to people who are dehydrated, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Researchers gathered baseline lab measurements and MRI scans on ischemic (clot-caused) stroke patients […]

Motorized cycling may prime brain for relearning after stroke

Exercise on a motorized stationary bike appeared to give stroke patients an advantage in relearning everyday tasks and improved motor function of their arms, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Aerobic exercise has been shown to help the brain learn information. The role […]

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 […]

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 […]

Clot-removing devices provide better outcomes for stroke survivors

Strokes caused by large blood clots in the brain are less likely to result in disability or death if the blockage is removed in the crucial early hours, according to reaffirming new research widely celebrated Wednesday.

Doctors quickly lauded the findings as instantly changing the way certain stroke sufferers are […]