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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 […]

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 […]

Kids with heart defects face learning challenges, inadequate school support

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Children born with heart defects face learning challenges and inadequate special education assistance in elementary school, according to a new study.

Using North Carolina education records, birth defect registries and birth certificates, researchers examined whether congenital heart defects were associated with low scores on standard reading […]

African-American women at risk for heart disease report greater loneliness

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — African-American women at risk for heart disease face more loneliness than white women, a new study suggests.

The findings, released Tuesday as part of a nursing symposium at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017, showed that black women were about twice as likely […]

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 […]

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 […]

Internet, social media can increase stroke awareness

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — The Internet and social media can effectively educate and engage a lot of people about stroke, according to research released Tuesday.

Researchers compared results from in-person blood pressure and risk factor screenings in various community settings to a community-based public awareness campaign that included traditional […]

Multiple pregnancies may up risk of irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women who have multiple pregnancies are at a greater risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm, and delivering a premature baby may be associated with cardiovascular disease, according to two new studies.

In the study that links the number of pregnancies to a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, researchers […]