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Use of cholesterol-lowering drugs before cardiac arrest may aid survival


NEW ORLEANS — Patients who have been taking statins are likely to survive longer after a cardiac arrest than those who are not taking them, according to a study released Saturday.

The study from Taiwan researchers was presented during the Resuscitation Science Symposium at the American Heart […]

Cryptogenic stroke: Explaining the unexplained


College student Scott Thompson was kicking a soccer ball in the school gym when his head started playing tricks on him.

“I felt a click and a cool rush sensation,” he said. “It felt like somebody was pouring cool water on my head.”

He stopped, thinking a […]

Native-American activist learns to put self first after stroke


Sheryl Gann spent her life as a grassroots activist, fighting for issues close to Osage tribe community. But after surviving a stroke at age 46, the Native American woman realized she had to learn to let go.

On May 11, 2015, Gann had just gotten to […]

Guidelines urge new approach to treating worst strokes


Hospitals nationwide may soon change how they treat the most disabling strokes after new guidelines released Monday recommend using tiny devices to snag large clots from a blocked artery within the brain.

The clot-removal devices are wire cages called stent retrievers, or “stentrievers,” and the American […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Since recovery, TV meteorologist helps other forecast, prevent strokes


It was a little after 5 a.m. on a Wednesday, and Bri Winkler – a 24-year-old TV meteorologist and news reporter in Los Angeles – was getting ready for a spin class.

That’s when she lost hearing in her right ear.

Numbness followed, starting on her face […]

Clot buster use rises most among 80 and older stroke patients

Use of the clot busting drug tissue plasminogen activator for ischemic stroke has increased for every age group in recent years. But the magnitude of change has been greatest among the very elderly, 80 years and older, researchers report at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Historically, rates […]

Costs to treat bleeding strokes increase 10 years later

Costs to treat strokes caused by bleeding in the brain may increase significantly 10 years later, according to a study in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

The Australian study is the first to include 10 years of follow-up data on stroke cost estimates, which may also apply to the […]

Low education, smoking, high blood pressure may lead to increased stroke risk

Adult smokers with limited education face a greater risk of stroke than those with a higher education, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

The combination of smoking and high blood pressure increased stroke risk the most, confirming earlier findings in numerous studies.

In a multicenter Danish […]

More than 5 million treated through Get With The Guidelines

More than 5 million people have received heart and stroke care based on the latest research-based treatment guidelines, thanks to an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association program that helps hospitals follow those guidelines.

The association’s Get With The Guidelines program hit the 5 million-patient milestone this month and also the […]

Older migraine sufferers may be more likely to have silent brain injury

Older migraine sufferers may be more likely to have silent brain injury, according to research published Thursday in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

In the study, people with a history of migraine headaches had double the odds of ischemic silent brain infarction compared to people who said they didn’t have […]

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