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Health News - Stroke

Just 1 hour of exercise offsets health risks of prolonged sitting
A study analyzing trends in global physical activity finds that health risks associated with sitting for 8 hours can be eliminated by 1 hour of exercise. (Medical News Today)

AAN: Closure not recommended for people with heart defect and stroke
An updated recommendation from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) states that catheter-based closure should not be routinely recommended for people who have had a stroke and also have a heart... (Medical News Today)

What are the Symptoms of a Blood Clot?
Learn all about the signs and symptoms of a blood clot. The article focuses in particular on the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. (Medical News Today)

Racial differences in inpatient procedures after stroke
Inpatient procedures are an integral part of routine stroke care. Some procedures, including intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) and carotid revascularization, have a curative intent to heal the... (Medical News Today)

Are primary stroke centers associated with lower fatality?
Does a long travel time to a primary stroke center (PSC) offset the potential benefits of this specialized care? In an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine, Kimon Bekelis, M.D. (Medical News Today)

Flu vaccine may reduce risk of death for type 2 diabetes patients
The flu vaccine may reduce the likelihood of being hospitalised with stroke and heart failure in people with type 2 diabetes, according to new research. (Medical News Today)

Food supplements in the fight against heart disease?
Heart attacks and strokes kill approximately one in three people worldwide and the situation is expected to worsen in the future due to an increased global prevalence of risk factors such as... (Medical News Today)

Smoking makes women vulnerable to brain bleeds, study finds
Women who smoke are much more likely than male smokers to experience a form of stroke called subarachnoid hemorrhage - bleeding in the lining of the brain. (Medical News Today)

Anti-tumor antibodies could counter atherosclerosis, Stanford study finds
Investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine have learned the signal that tumor cells display on their surfaces to protect themselves from being devoured by the immune system also... (Medical News Today)

Medical records show long-term effects on patients of 'mini-strokes'
New findings from the University of Birmingham challenge the 'transient' nature of 'mini-strokes' and provide insight into the long term impact of an under-recognised condition. (Medical News Today)

Stroke is largely preventable, with hypertension confirmed as biggest risk factor, according to global study
Ten potentially modifiable risk factors account for 90% of strokes worldwide, but regional variation should be considered, says study. (Medical News Today)

Pre-stroke risk factors influence long-term future stroke, dementia risk
If you had heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, before your first stroke, your risk of suffering subsequent strokes and dementia up to five years later may be higher, according... (Medical News Today)

Evidence stacks up for INR self-monitoring
Patients on long-term anticoagulation therapy who test their own blood-clotting time from home and continue to be managed by their GP are significantly less likely to experience a thromboembolic... (Medical News Today)

Shingles doubles stroke risk for several years, study shows
Researchers in South Korea identified shingles as a persistent risk factor for stroke, a major cause of death in many countries. (Medical News Today)

Blood coagulation detector may help in monitoring stroke risk
Researchers at Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) show that an analyzer recently developed to measure blood coagulability has the sensitivity to detect hypercoagulatibility associated with... (Medical News Today)

Mobile videoconferencing from ambulance speeds up stroke care
Mobile videoconferencing from the ambulance using a tablet cuts the time between stroke event and correct treatment, which is critical to patient recovery. (Medical News Today)

Rate of decline of cardiovascular deaths slows in U.S.
In a study published online by JAMA Cardiology, Stephen Sidney, M.D., M.P.H. (Medical News Today)

Genetically inherited high cholesterol increases long-term risks of coronary heart disease and stroke
People who inherit a genetic disorder from one of their parents that results in high cholesterol may be five times more likely to develop coronary heart disease. (Medical News Today)

Statins controversy linked to rise in UK patients stopping the treatment
A period of intense debate about statins, covered widely in the mainstream media, was followed by a substantial rise in the proportion of people in the UK stopping taking the drug, according to a... (Medical News Today)

Activities like playing cards may assist stroke rehab as well as virtual reality
Results could inform 15 million people who suffer stroke each year.Sometimes in health care, simple activities can be just as effective as the latest technology. (Medical News Today)

New devices causing 'paradigm shift' in stroke care
New devices called stent retrievers, which effectively reverse strokes, have revolutionized the treatment of certain stroke patients, according to an article in the journal Expert Review of... (Medical News Today)

Medications to prevent additional stroke may be less effective for patients with certain gene variants
In a study published online by JAMA, Yongjun Wang, M.D., of Capital Medical University, Beijing, and colleagues examined the association between variants of the gene CYP2C19 and clinical outcomes... (Medical News Today)

NICE green lights cholesterol-lowering treatment Praluent (alirocumab) for NHS funding
Sanofi has announced that the innovative cholesterol-lowering treatment Praluent® (alirocumab) has received Technology Appraisal Guidance (TAG) from the National Institute for Health and Care... (Medical News Today)

Statins associated with lower risk of cardiac events for some patients, not others
Cholesterol-lowering statins were associated with lower risk for major cardiac events in some patients with preexisting ischemic heart disease but not in others, according to an article published... (Medical News Today)

AFib patients at risk for stroke often prescribed aspirin instead of anticoagulants
PINNACLE Registry data shows gaps in guideline-recommended care.More than one-in-three patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib), or irregular heartbeat, with an intermediate-to-high-risk of... (Medical News Today)

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