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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 […]

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 […]

Chinese exercises may improve cardiovascular health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Traditional Chinese exercises such as Tai Chi may improve the health and well-being of those living with heart disease, high blood pressure or stroke, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“Traditional Chinese exercises are a low-risk, promising intervention that […]

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 […]

Stroke survivors using mail order pharmacies more likely to take meds

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Stroke survivors who get medications by mail are more likely to take them as directed than patients who get medications from local pharmacies, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Researchers studied the prescription refill records of patients discharged […]

Many stroke survivors may develop seizures

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A substantial proportion of stroke survivors develop seizures in the years following their strokes, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Researchers studied information on hospitalizations and emergency department visits in California, Florida and New York from 2005 and […]

“Stroke camp” offers caregivers emotional support, physical relief and education

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Stroke camp provides caregivers with much needed peer support, emotional relief and learning opportunities, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Depression, loneliness and social isolation are common among people who care for stroke survivors. The Retreat and Refresh […]

Bleeding stroke associated with onset of dementia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Bleeding within the brain, or intracerebral hemorrhage, was associated with a high risk of developing dementia post stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Intracerebral hemorrhage, which results from a weakened vessel that ruptures and bleeds into the […]

Getting out of the hospital bed has the potential to improve outcomes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In their aim to provide a guideline for healthcare providers about the timing, frequency and amount of in-hospital mobilization of stroke patients, researchers studied the care and recovery of more than 2,100 patients admitted to a hospital stroke unit, according to research presented at […]

Clot-busting drug may help may help stroke patients beyond standard treatment window or after “wake-up stroke”

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The clot-busting drug alteplase may help salvage brain tissue even when it is given hours beyond the three-hour window after stroke onset or to patients suffering wake-up strokes, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Alteplase is a tissue […]