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Patient privacy versus stroke research for the greater good

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Longtime stroke researcher Patrice Lindsay, Ph.D., has had a front-row seat to medical advances for treating the world’s No. 2 killer. And as a survivor, she knows firsthand how far patient care has come since her stroke in 2001.

Programs that track quality of […]

Speaking Spanish may be key to recruiting more Hispanics for stroke studies

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For years, many U.S. Hispanics have been excluded from treatment studies because they don’t speak English. So a handful of Southern California researchers got creative when recruiting patients for a recent project.

Would having Spanish-speaking staff and Spanish-language materials result in significantly more Hispanic […]

Chatting it up with doc helps heart patients take meds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ARLINGTON, Virginia — Patients who communicate effectively with their healthcare providers are more likely to comply with their treatment for hardened arteries, according to a new study.

Those with good communication with their providers were 52 percent more likely to report using prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs […]

Calling 911 in rural areas leads to faster heart attack care

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Arriving to the hospital by ambulance speeds up life-saving treatment for heart attack patients in rural areas and confirms the important role paramedics have in expediting care, according to research that was published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes.

The […]

April 29th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

Heart attack patients live longer when admitted to hospitals with lower death rates

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Heart attack patients admitted to hospitals with low 30-day death rates for heart attacks live longer than those admitted to hospitals that have comparably high 30-day death rates post heart attack, according to research that was published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: […]

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Acute stroke patients received clot-busting treatment despite language barriers

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Acute ischemic stroke patients who didn’t speak English well were still properly treated with clot busters despite the language barrier, according to research that was published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes.

The research was originally scheduled to be released […]

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Friends and social networks valued by heart failure patients and healthcare providers

 By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patients consult family members for advice about their heart failure symptoms; while health care providers engage in social networks to improve communication and heart failure care, according to research that was published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes.
The research was […]

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Automated text messaging may improve heart patients’ adherence to medications

Automated text messages that remind cardiac patients to take their medications may improve the likelihood that patients will take their medication, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle 2015 meeting.

Researchers developed an automated text message system to help remind patients to take their medications. They […]

March 4th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Poor response to cholesterol drugs may indicate blocked arteries

If your “bad” cholesterol level stays the same or increases after you take statin drugs, you may have more blocked arteries than people whose levels drop, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Low density lipoprotein cholesterol is considered the “bad” cholesterol because […]

February 26th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Clot-removing therapy saves lives, but few have access

Research shows that endovascular therapy — which removes the clots in the brain — saves lives. But patients often don’t receive or have access to the therapy.

About 15 percent of stroke patients are eligible for endovascular therapy, which involves using a catheter to remove clots in the brain, according […]

February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments