American Heart Association

Organizations crowdsource patients and researchers to ease treatment dilemmas

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Existing research doesn’t always reveal a clear choice for cardiovascular disease and stroke patients and their caregivers, especially for understudied groups of people.

To help, the American Heart Association and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute issued a crowdsourcing challenge in May to learn more from patients. […]

New drug reverses the effects of blood thinner in patients with brain hemorrhage

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new medication reverses the blood-thinning effects of the anticoagulant dabigatran in patients suffering a brain bleed, potentially limiting the extent of bleeding, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Dabigitran is prescribed to people with atrial fibrillation to prevent […]

Bowel obstruction more likely in certain hospitalized stroke patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Being older patients, black and having pre-existing illnesses, such as cancer, increase the likelihood of bowel obstruction in hospitalized ischemic stroke patients, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Bowel obstruction complications can worsen chances for recovery.

To better define […]

Alcohol exposure before birth may later amplify neurological problems from stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Exposure to alcohol before birth might impair kidney blood flow in adulthood and heighten neurological problems caused by a stroke, according to an animal study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

A research team from Texas A&M Health Science Center, College […]

Vaccine shows potential to protect the brain before a stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A type of vaccine previously studied to treat high blood pressure may have the potential to protect the brain when administered before a stroke, according to an animal study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Japanese researchers tested a peptide vaccine […]

Restoring gut bacteria to youthful age linked to improved stroke recovery in mice

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Restoring microorganisms in the gut to a youthful age was linked to improved stroke recovery in old mice, according to a new study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Noting that different bacteria present in the gut change with age, researchers […]

Nanoparticles show early promise in reducing inflammation after brain bleed

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nanoparticles from ceria – a rare earth metal – might lessen inflammation in the brain following a bleeding stroke (hemorrhagic stroke), according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Researchers from South Korea noted that previous studies have shown that […]

Exosomes may be key players in two rebuilding processes after stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Small vesicles secreted by cells help facilitate growth and development of blood vessels and neurons in the brain following a stroke, according to a new study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Researchers from Detroit and China, suspected that tiny vesicles, […]

Speaking multiple languages linked to better cognitive functions after stroke

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Bilingual patients were twice as likely as those who spoke one language to have normal cognitive functions after a stroke, in a study reported in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Previous research found bilingualism may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

“People tend to think […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Early brain stimulation may help stroke survivors recover speech

Electrical brain stimulation may help stroke survivors recover speech and language skills more quickly, according to a study in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Stroke patients treated with non-invasive brain stimulation along with speech therapy had three times the improvement in speech and language compared with patients who had […]

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