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September 3, 2015

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September 3, 2015

Ticagrelor Administered in the Ambulance Reduces Ischaemic Events 24 Hours After PCI

Aug. 31, 2015 — Ticagrelor administered in the ambulance reduces ischaemic events 24 hours after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), according to new ... read more

Depressed Patients Have More Frequent Chest Pain Even in the Absence of Coronary Artery Disease

Aug. 31, 2015 — Depressed patients have more frequent chest pain even in the absence of coronary artery disease, according to results. The findings suggest that pain and depression may share a common neurochemical ... read more

Cold Weather Linked to Increased Stroke Risk in Atrial Fibrillation Patients

Aug. 30, 2015 — Cold weather is associated with increased risk of ischaemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, according to new research. The study in nearly 290,000 patients suggests that cool climate may ... read more

Aug. 26, 2015 — A new study shows that childhood cancer survivors suffering one stroke have double the risk of suffering a second stroke, when compared with non-cancer stroke ... read more

Patient Satisfaction a Poor Surrogate for Quality of Care in Brain Surgery

Aug. 18, 2015 — Patient satisfaction is a very poor proxy for quality of care comparisons in elective cranial neurosurgery. Because deaths are rare events in elective cranial neurosurgery, reporting of surgeon or ... read more

Kidney Impairment Decreases Blood Flow to the Brain, Boosting Risk of Brain Disorders

Aug. 6, 2015 — Poor kidney function was strongly related to decreased blood flow to the brain, report researchers following a population-based study. Poor kidney function was linked to stroke and dementia most ... read more

People With Low Scores on Test of Thinking Skills May Be at Higher Risk for Heart Attack

Aug. 5, 2015 — People with low scores on a test of executive function, the higher-level thinking skills used to reason, problem solve and plan, may be at higher risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a new ... read more

Stroke Therapy Put to the Test in Preclinical Randomized Controlled Trial

Aug. 5, 2015 — In the midst of what some call a 'crisis' in the ability to replicate results of laboratory studies, a European consortium has conducted a preclinical randomized controlled trial (pRCT) -- ... read more

Mobile Stroke Treatment Units May Greatly Improve Survival Rates, Chance of Recovery for Ischemic Stroke Patients

July 27, 2015 — Mobile Stroke Treatment Units (MSTUs) can significantly reduce the time it takes to diagnose and treat patients for stroke, new research confirms. MSTUs resemble ambulances on the outside, but ... read more

Some Stroke Treatments Proven to Reduce Health Care Costs

July 27, 2015 — Use of mechanical thrombectomy on qualifying stroke patients could result in major savings to the healthcare economy in the United Kingdom and other western countries with a similar healthcare ... read more

Emergency Transport Times for Stroke Patients Still in Need of Improvement

July 27, 2015 — Despite efforts to close the time gap between symptom onset and stroke treatment -- including improvements in public education, 911 dispatch operations, pre-hospital detection and triage, hospital ... read more

Device Innovation Is Driving Improvement in Stroke Treatment Outcomes

July 27, 2015 — Two new studies reinforce the value and progress of Intra-Arterial treatment with conclusions that the innovative new devices that facilitate this approach are reducing treatment times, improving ... read more

Can Migraine Increase Your Risk of Stroke?

July 23, 2015 — Older people who experience migraines may have an increased risk of stroke, but only if they are smokers, new research suggests. The study did not find an association between migraine with or without ... read more

Hospitals Often Overestimate Their Ability to Deliver Fast Stroke Care

July 22, 2015 — When asked about administering the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator to stroke patients, hospital staff perceptions did not always line up with actual performance. Only 29 percent of ... read more

Ankle-Brachial Index Associated With Mild Cognitive Impairment

July 22, 2015 — Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) occurred significantly more often, in a recent study, in individuals diagnosed with a lower ankle brachial index (ABI), which is a marker of generalized ... read more

Why Does PTSD Increase the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease?

July 15, 2015 — A new review article finds that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) leads to overactive nerve activity, dysfunctional immune response and activation of the hormone system that controls blood ... read more

Stopping or Reducing Cocaine Use Associated With Lower Cardiovascular Risk Marker Levels

July 13, 2015 — For people who use cocaine, stopping or reducing cocaine use is associated with decreased levels of endothelin-1 (ET-1) -- a protein that plays a key role in the development of coronary artery ... read more

Uric Acid May Lessen Women's Disability After Stroke

July 9, 2015 — Forty-two percent of women treated with uric acid had less disability three months after a stroke compared with women given a placebo, report researchers who say that women benefit from uric acid ... read more

Secondhand Smoke Increases Stroke Risk by 30 Percent for Nonsmokers

July 9, 2015 — Nearly 800,000 people in the US suffer a stroke each year. Stroke is responsible for one out of every 19 deaths in the US and it is a leading cause of disability. A new study has found that ... read more

Memory, Thinking Ability Keep Getting Worse for Years After a Stroke, New Study Finds

July 7, 2015 — A stroke happens in an instant. And many who survive one report that their brain never works like it once did. But new research shows that these problems with memory and thinking ability keep getting ... read more

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