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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 […]

Exercise can significantly improve brain function after stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — Structured exercise training can significantly improve brain function in stroke survivors, according to research presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017.

In a meta-analysis of 13 intervention trials that included 735 participants, researchers found that structured physical activity training significantly […]

Head position after stroke: Up or down?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — Keeping the head elevated is the favored head position for acute stroke patients, but some studies have indicated that lying flat may improve recovery.

A new, international study suggests it may not matter.

Researchers found no major benefit with sitting up or lying flat in […]

Heart disease factors in middle age increase risk of dementia later in life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — People who have heart disease risks in middle age are more likely to have dementia later in life, according to a study presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017.

“The health of your vascular system in midlife is really important to […]

Caregivers of black stroke survivors spend more time helping, report positive outlook

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Caregivers of black stroke survivors spend more time helping and have a more positive perception of caregiving than those who care for whites, according to new research.

“Our findings surprised me,” said Lesli Skolarus, M.D., associate professor of neurology at the University of Michigan in Ann […]

Women with mild heart blockage report poorer health, more anxiety and negativity

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women with mild heart blockage have poorer health and more anxiety and negative outlooks than men with the same condition, according to new research.

In non-obstructive coronary artery disease, the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart is partially restricted. The blockage of coronary arteries is […]

Men report positives in caring for stroke survivor partners

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — Men said they overcame problems during the first year of caring for stroke survivor wives or partners, according to a small study released Tuesday in a nursing symposium at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017.

Experts say that transitioning from a non-caregiver […]

Wanted: More Hispanic and Latino heart doctors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Tony Urey, M.D., went into medicine for the same reason many of his medical school friends did: to give their low-income Hispanic and Latino communities better health care. Many of those students became family doctors, but Urey decided to specialize in the heart.

The […]

Conditions may predict stroke patients’ risk of falling in hospital

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — Patients’ neurological status and degree of weakness or loss of movement when hospitalized for a clot-caused stroke may indicate their risk for falling.

According to research released Tuesday in a nursing symposium at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017, more than 90 […]

Under-recognized heart valve disease kills estimated 25,000 each year

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

On the nation’s first Heart Valve Day this Feb. 22, Dennis Dobkowski, who needed surgery to fix damage to his valves, will share his experience with Congressional representatives in hopes of getting attention for this under-recognized problem.

Awareness is low for heart valve disease, which is a condition […]