Costs To Treat Bleeding Strokes Increases 10 Years Later

Study Highlights: Costs to treat strokes caused by bleeding in the brain increased about 31 percent from five years after stroke to 10 years. Medication, nursing home and informal care expenses accounted for some of the increases. Bottom Line: Costs to treat strokes caused by bleeding in the brain may increase significantly 10 years later, … Continue reading Costs To Treat Bleeding Strokes Increases 10 Years Later

‘Mini-Stroke’ May Lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Study Highlights:  About 30 percent of transient ischemic attack or “mini-stroke” patients had symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a recent study. Those with PTSD had more depression, anxiety and reduced mental and physical quality of life. Patients overestimating their stroke risk and who don’t cope with their mini-stroke well are at higher risk … Continue reading ‘Mini-Stroke’ May Lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Potassium-Rich Foods Cut Stroke, Death Risks Among Older Women

Bottom Line: Postmenopausal women who eat foods higher in potassium are less likely to have strokes and die than women who eat less potassium-rich foods, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. Full Study: “Previous studies have shown that potassium consumption may lower blood pressure. But whether potassium intake could prevent stroke or death … Continue reading Potassium-Rich Foods Cut Stroke, Death Risks Among Older Women

No Sign of ‘Obesity Paradox’ in Obese Patients with Stroke

Bottom Line: Researchers found no evidence of an “obesity paradox” (some studies have suggested overweight or obese patients have lower mortality rates than underweight or normal weight patients) inpatients with stroke. Author: Christian Dehlendorff, M.S., Ph.D., of the Danish Cancer Society Research Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, and colleagues. Background: Obesity often is associated with increased health related complications and death. But some studies have suggested … Continue reading No Sign of ‘Obesity Paradox’ in Obese Patients with Stroke

Eating More Fruits, Vegetables May Cut Stroke Risk Worldwide

Study Highlight: Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of stroke worldwide, according to a new analysis of 20 studies conducted in Europe, the United States and Asia. Bottom Line:  Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of strokeworldwide, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. Methodology: Researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 20 studies published over … Continue reading Eating More Fruits, Vegetables May Cut Stroke Risk Worldwide

Blood Pressure Control, Lifestyle Changes Key To Preventing Subsequent Strokes

Statement Highlights: Controlling blood pressure, cholesterol and irregular heart rhythms are key to stroke survivors avoiding another stroke. Updated guidelines emphasize lifestyle management, including diet, exercise and weight management. Other important updates affect management of narrowed neck arteries and irregular heartbeat. Bottom Line: Stroke survivors should control their blood pressure, cholesterol and weight and do moderate physical activity regularly to avoid having … Continue reading Blood Pressure Control, Lifestyle Changes Key To Preventing Subsequent Strokes

Only About Half Of Strokes May Be Attributable To Known Causative Risk Factors

Bottom Line: A large proportion of strokes may not be attributable to known causative risk factors, according to a study published in this week’s PLOS Medicine. Michiel Bos and colleagues from the Erasmus Medical Center, in the Netherlands, report that only about half of all strokes are attributable to established causative factors for stroke, a … Continue reading Only About Half Of Strokes May Be Attributable To Known Causative Risk Factors

Study Examines Patient Preferences For Emergency Treatment of Stroke

Bottom Line:  The majority of adults surveyed indicated they would want administration of clot-dissolving medications if incapacitated by a stroke, a finding that supports clinicians’ use of this treatment if patient surrogates are not available to provide consent, according to a study in the April 23/30 issue of JAMA, a neurology theme issue. Background Information: “In … Continue reading Study Examines Patient Preferences For Emergency Treatment of Stroke

Quality Improvement Program Helps Lower Risk of Bleeding, Death Following Stroke

Bottom Line:  In a study that included more than 71,000 stroke patients, implementation of a quality initiative was associated with improvement in the time to treatment and a lower risk of in-hospital death, intracranial hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain), and an increase in the portion of patients discharged to their home, according to the study … Continue reading Quality Improvement Program Helps Lower Risk of Bleeding, Death Following Stroke

Specialized Ambulance Improves Treatment Time For Stroke

Bottom Line:  Using an ambulance that included a computed tomography (CT) scanner, point-of-care laboratory, telemedicine connection and a specialized prehospital stroke team resulted in decreased time to treatment for ischemic stroke, according to a study in the April 23/30 issue of JAMA, a neurology theme issue. Stroke: Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability. … Continue reading Specialized Ambulance Improves Treatment Time For Stroke