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Health News - Stroke

Cholesterol-lowering treatment Repatha now available in the UK
A new way to lower so-called "bad cholesterol" (LDL-C) is now available in the UK - the first in a new class of treatment to help people who are unable to get below guideline cholesterol levels... (Medical News Today)

Inadequate blood pressure control associated with increased risk of recurrence of intracerebral hemorrhage
Survivors of an intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH; a type of hemorrhagic stroke in which bleeding occurs directly into the brain) who had inadequate blood pressure (BP) control during follow-up had a... (Medical News Today)

LCZ696 targets blood pressure and arterial stiffness
The combination drug valsartan/sacubitril known as LCZ696 significantly reduced aortic systolic blood pressure and pulse pressure compared to the standard angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB)... (Medical News Today)

'Heart age' older than actual age for most Americans
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 3 out of 4 adults in the US have estimated heart ages older than their chronological ages. (Medical News Today)

Results suggest extending post-stenting DAPT beyond one year
Extending clot-preventing dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) beyond the recommended 12 months after coronary stenting "should be considered" in patients at low risk for bleeding, investigators for... (Medical News Today)

When stroke patients undergo surgery to remove blood clots, what anesthesia works best?
In carefully selected patients, minimally invasive surgery is enabling physicians to stop strokes in their tracks. (Medical News Today)

Research in mice shows potential value of antidepressant in some stroke victims
Working with mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins have added to evidence that a commonly prescribed antidepressant called fluoxetine helps stroke victims improve movement and coordination, and... (Medical News Today)

Low bleeding and stroke rates in AF patients given rivaroxaban for stroke prevention
Atrial fibrillation (AF) patients treated with rivaroxaban for stroke prevention have low rates of bleeding and stroke, reveals real-world data from the XANTUS study presented at ESC Congress today. (Medical News Today)

Multiple risk factors cancel impact of atrial fibrillation on ischaemic stroke risk
The impact of atrial fibrillation on ischaemic stroke risk in elderly patients is eliminated with multiple risk factors, according to an 11 year study in more than 425 000 patients presented at ESC... (Medical News Today)

Cold weather linked to increased stroke risk in atrial fibrillation patients
Cold weather is associated with increased risk of ischaemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, according to research presented at ESC Congress by Dr Tze-Fan Chao, cardiologist at Taipei... (Medical News Today)

Retrieval of larger thrombi associated with improved neurological recovery after stroke
Retrieval of larger thrombi during intra arterial treatment (IAT) is associated with improved neurological recovery after acute ischaemic stroke, according to a sub study of the MR CLEAN trial... (Medical News Today)

Depression and extremes of blood pressure predict highest rates of harmful vascular events
Depressive symptoms and extremes of blood pressure predict the highest rates of harmful vascular events in patients with existing heart disease, diabetes or stroke, according to research presented... (Medical News Today)

Cyclosporine does not improve outcomes after PCI
The immunosuppressant drug cyclosporine did not improve clinical outcomes compared to placebo in patients receiving percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for the more severe form of heart attack... (Medical News Today)

Patient education does not impact apixaban adherence
Adherence to the oral anticoagulant apixaban among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) was no better for those who received an educational program compared to those who did not, results of the... (Medical News Today)

Treating left atrial appendage could dampen long standing persistent AF
In patients with long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) despite standard treatment, additional electrical isolation of an area called the left atrial appendage (LAA) can improve freedom... (Medical News Today)

Clinical risk score may help predict risk of stroke, blood clot or death in heart failure patients
Among patients with heart failure with or without atrial fibrillation, use of a common clinical risk score was associated with risk of ischemic stroke, thromboembolism (blood clot), and death... (Medical News Today)

Scientists reveal cellular clockwork underlying inflammation
Cell structure discovery adds insight into chronic diseasesA research team at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech has uncovered key cellular functions that help regulate... (Medical News Today)

How the mind sharpens the senses
Zen meditation improves sense of touchA study conducted with experienced scholars of Zen-Meditation shows that mental focussing can induce learning mechanisms, similar to physical training. (Medical News Today)

Common 'heart attack' blood test may predict future hypertension
Small rises in troponin levels may have value as markers for subclinical heart damage and high blood pressureAnalysis of blood samples from more than 5,000 people suggests that a more sensitive... (Medical News Today)

New approach to tackling uncontrolled high blood pressure shows significant results
Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust have successfully improved blood pressure control among patients with severe intolerance to antihypertensive medication - by... (Medical News Today)

Survivors of childhood cancer have high-risk of recurrent stroke
Findings have clinical implications on how we treat and follow survivorsMost people assume strokes only happen to octogenarians, but recent evidence suggests that survivors of childhood cancer... (Medical News Today)

Study of 'fountain of youth' protein points to possible human health benefit
Patients with higher blood levels of growth factor have lower risk of cardiovascular problemsIndividuals previously diagnosed with heart disease may be less likely to experience heart failure... (Medical News Today)

Researchers publish sobering statistics on physical inactivity in the US
What do a prominent physiologist and two-time survivor of pancreatic cancer and a world-renowned researcher whose landmark discoveries on aspirin, drug therapies of proven benefit and therapeutic... (Medical News Today)

Study finds major lack of resources for rehab patients in Malawi
Malawi has a population of 16 million, yet, only one inpatient rehabilitation center for individuals with stroke, spinal cord injury, and similar conditions. (Medical News Today)

Compound found in red wine causes conflicting changes in dogs' immune systems
Resveratrol research in dogs could eventually lead to treatments in humansResveratrol, a compound found commonly in grape skins and red wine, has been shown to have several potentially beneficial... (Medical News Today)

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