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Hair dryers, electric drills can cause pacemakers to fail

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hair dryers, electric drills and other household appliances can cause pacemakers to fail under certain circumstances.

A study published Monday exposed 119 people with pacemakers to a variety of electromagnetic fields. It simulated the effects of electric razors, table fans, washing machines, vacuums, mixers, lawn mowers […]

As drug fails to stop bleeding strokes, brain scan advance proves its worth

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — Doctors had hoped a drug used to stop bleeding could be a potential emergency treatment for brain hemorrhages.

Now, two parallel trials in Canada and the United States show that recombinant activated coagulation factor VII did not help high-risk patients with intracerebral hemorrhage, the […]

After flatlining and years of therapy, country music star Randy Travis is passing out hope

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

TIOGA, Texas – For a few minutes, it was the last night of country & western legend Randy Travis’ life.

Suffocating from his fluid-filled lungs and his heart failing, Travis flatlined. He was put on life support and into an induced coma. When he was brought […]

Mental health disorders leading to hospital visit may increase stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — People hospitalized or treated in an emergency room for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health disorders may have an increased risk for stroke, new data suggest.

Researchers, who presented their findings Thursday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference, said psychiatric […]

Nothing could slow down this busy working mom — until her stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Lilian Tsi Stielstra was a couch potato. But at age 46, that changed.

Waking on a Saturday in 2010 in her San Francisco home, she recalls feeling tired. She brushed it off as stress from her demanding bank sales job.

Walking up the stairs, she felt “pins […]

Do Africans and African-Americans share stroke risks?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — Neurologists from the United States and Africa are meeting Thursday to explore the differences and similarities in stroke among Africans and African-Americans.

“We need to learn more about what is happening in native African populations and begin to compare and contrast the findings with populations […]

Advances in stroke care available to few, global experts say

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — Global stroke experts will gather on Thursday to talk about access to the latest technologies and treatments for strokes. The problem, experts say, is that access in different parts of the world is limited and inconsistent.

“Advances in stroke treatment and prevention are often […]

Researcher wins first Dan Adams Award grant for brain study

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON – In helping lead the Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation’s unprecedented support of stroke research, Dan Adams always pushed people to think beyond traditional boundaries. So it was only fitting that the foundation honored his passing by creating the Bugher-American Heart Association […]

People with bleeding stroke at higher risk of depression, dementia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — People who have brain bleeds — the most lethal form of stroke — are at significantly higher risk of developing depression and dementia, according to research released Wednesday.

Previous studies of depression and stroke have focused on ischemic stroke that’s caused by blockages in […]

Headaches far more common in kids than adults who have stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — Children are far more likely than adults to get headaches when having a stroke, a new study suggests.

The findings, presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017, showed that 6 percent of children under age 3 and 46 percent of […]